The Daily Mirror and other papers are reporting that Newcastle midfielder Yohan Cabaye could face a three match ban.
Yohan Cabaye – in collision with El-Abd
Brighton defender Adam El-Abd was left with a slightly cut lip ( with the emphasis on slightly), after the second-half collision the two had down the right wing.
El-Abd clutched his face like he had been hit by a steam train, and we can only think he thought there were some Hollywood Directors present in the crowd.
The live TV broadcast showed replays of the event again and again, and there seemed absolutely nothing in the collision between the two.
Today the Brighton player has said that referee Lee Probert has told him he will study video tapes, but we think this is simply nonsense.
This is what El-Abd said:
“I think it was frustration on his part. He had a little kick out at me. I am a big boy and I can deal with it, but I think he knew what he was doing.”
“The ref said to me at the time that he was going to have a look at it again on the monitor. It was pretty clear and the ref could see I had blood on my lip.”
“It didn’t magic itself onto my lip.”
Football is a contact sport and it’s getting like players cannot even tackle each other these days.
We expect nothing to come of this, although it’s being reported as serious, but why that’s the case – we have no idea.