Newcastle midfielder Yohan Cabaye will vigorously fight an FA charge of violent conduct.
Yohan Cabaye – will fight FA charge tooth and nail – good
And the really good news is that the player he collided with – Al-Abd of Brighton – has now offered to help him clear his name.
Cabaye clashed with Adam El-Abd in the second half, during Saturday’s 1-0 FA Cup fourth-round defeat at the Amex Stadium, but it really looked nothing other than Al-Abd fouled Cabaye with his initial challenge on the right wing.
No foul was given against Al-Abd adn none against Cabaye, but it seems retroactive action has been taken by the FA – but if they take action over non-events like this then football is in big trouble.
Not surprisingly, Alan Pardew is said to be very upset that his summer signing has been charged with violent conduct, and Newcastle will help the player defend himself, and that’s good news indeed.
“I am absolutely livid about it, if I am honest, because firstly, when the incident happened, I didn’t see anything wrong with it.” “After the game, someone said to me the TV coverage, especially the presenter, Ray Stubbs, was so ferocious about it, and I couldn’t understand that.”
“He had two professionals on that show telling him that the guy was trying to keep the player from tumbling on him.” “I have reviewed that about seven or eight times and seriously, he is trying to stop the boy falling on him.”
“He does make a gesture to push him away and in doing so, catches him just on the lip.” “If you find that that was a malicious attempt to do that then, my goodness, you have never played this game.”
“I cannot believe that the referee, after the game, has gone back. Now whether this is pressure that he’s under, I don’t know.” “Yesterday, I had a call from the Brighton coaching team to suggest to me that their player wants to support our player, and I have never had that. “
“We never instigated it, we never asked or put a phone call in to Brighton .” “In fact, I didn’t see Brighton manager Gus Poyet after the game, and I must apologise to him for that, because I had to shoot off.”
“We have sent our letter in, a strong letter, and we have also, after the contact from Brighton, asked the Brighton player if he would forward a letter to us, which he has kindly done, and that will go in as well.”
“If we had 18 cameras at every game, you would be sending two or three players off at every set-play because there’s contract, trust me, more intended contact than there is with Cabaye’s incident.”
“I really do think they need to just take a deep breath on this one, have a good luck at it. If you asked every Premier League manager about that incident, I would suggest 17 managers would say, ‘No way’.”
“The three teams we are playing might say yes, it probably should have, but 17 wouldn’t. That’s my opinion of it.”
And we criticized Al-Abd for bringing this incident up after the game, but it seems he has watched the video again, and thinks it was nothing malicious from the Frenchman.
But the problem in all of this, is that people who have never played the game at the top professional level, are making decisions on these things.
And as the great Bill Shankly the Liverpool manager used to say about referees:
“They know the rules, but they don’t know the game.”
But it’s also the TV commentators who show the replay again and again during the telecasts, and try to make a judgement on stuff they know very little about, and it’s nothing more than mischief a lot of the time.
We are pleased Newcastle are going ahead with the appeal, and it means Yohan will play tomorrow night at Blackburn Rovers.