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The FA Is Hardly Being Fair On Cabaye Hearing

9:11 am, Wednesday, February 1st, 2012 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 36 Comments

We’ve never thought the English FA was the best run organization in the world.

Alan Pardew – it’s just not fair

In fact it’s one of the worst,  and they again showed their colors yesterday,  by the way they have handled the Yohan Cabaye charge of violent conduct and the appeal.

The FA charged the player on Monday with violent conduct,  and the player and Newcastle had until 6:00pm last night to appeal the charge, so Newcastle have decided to appeal the charge.

And lo and behold the hearing is the next morning, and it will therefore take place this morning, and then the verdict will be announced – so where’s the time for preparation for Newcastle and Cabaye?

And since Newcastle have a game tonight, it makes it even worse,  and Alan Pardew will not know if the 26 year-old is playing or not until he hears the verdict.

Why on earth the FA  didn’t have the hearing on Thursday or even Friday of this week we have no idea- but it’s another indication of people running the FA who simply do not have a clue.

And they keep proving it with the way they carry out their business.

Here’s what Alan Pardew had to say about the hearing last night:

“We get the result tomorrow morning (Wednesday).  So he would be banned immediately. How can I even prepare my team? Am I going to have Cabaye in or out?”

“It just can’t be right. Even if they said we could have an appeal in four days’ time after the incident, at least it gives us time and we can have a defense.”

“To only find out on Wednesday morning, come on it can’t be right. Either he plays at Blackburn and we appeal on Thursday and that gives me the chance to prepare my team and then okay, can we defend him?”

“In our rules, no, but I think those rules are wrong. That rule should be looked at.”

Newcastle should have appealed the timing of the hearing, because how is justice being served when one party is not being given sufficient time to prepare their case?

That’s especially true when the officials at Newcastle were involved in transfer business all day yesterday, and we also have a game tonight, and the hearing is jammed  between them.

If Cabaye gets a three match ban for his altercation on Saturday with Brighton’s Adam El-Abd, then every player should be very wary of any physical contact during a football game, because if your boot ends up on the other person – it’s violent conduct, whether is was accidental or not.

The very fact the hearing is taking place so quickly suggests the FA have already made up their mind on the verdict.

It’s all complete nonsense – but that’s the English FA for you – and they live in other world.

Comments welcome.

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36 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Toon_Tom // Feb 1, 2012 at 9:14 AM


  • 2 jesperfuglsang // Feb 1, 2012 at 9:16 AM


    Who’s out injured or suspended for tonites match?

    And what about Cabaye or Guthrie? Kadar played for the reserves last nite- can he play?

  • 3 jesperfuglsang // Feb 1, 2012 at 9:18 AM


    Who’s out injured or suspended for tonites match?

    And what about Cabaye or Guthrie? Kadar played for the reserves last nite- can he play?

    It Colo ready for tonite?

  • 4 jesperfuglsang // Feb 1, 2012 at 9:19 AM

    it = is 🙂

  • 5 cyprus // Feb 1, 2012 at 9:21 AM


    You’re a bit unfair giving a negative tinge to this window. Let us see: We made the most expensive signing in the league; we kept our big stars, who, it was rumoured, could’ve been on their way. Yes, regarding defence we haven’t done anything, but we could’ve lost Simpson (who has been solid AND has made a number of point;gaining goal line clearances – despite uncalled for fan criticism), even Colo. Some good reserve team haven’t even had there chance yet too. Remember, Carroll would probably have not got his chance had we not been relegated. (Remember deadwood Owen?). Tonight? Tight 0-1, back above Liverpool.

    Please don’t play ‘You know Who’ tonight. Come on, man, you blind?

  • 6 Indian Magpie // Feb 1, 2012 at 9:23 AM

    some headlines showing shola’s loyalty to the TYNE side CLUB

    1) Ameobi snub for Barca
    2) Real madrid cant prize toon startlet Shola ameobi
    3) Milan Riches not good enough for shola ameobi
    4) Munich not efficent enough for shola
    5) Ameobi puts pen to paper on a new 100 year deal to rule out any possibility of a move to manchester
    6) Fashion capital not to AMEOBI’s Fancy

  • 7 BOOM BOOM THE 1ST // Feb 1, 2012 at 9:24 AM

    @RonVanDum why dont u go fcuk a squirrell jelavic was on way to everton for a medical when u claimed he already signed and im still waiting on our new signing although you will probably claim it was the signing of collos new contract or something you ITK arsehole.

  • 8 ross armstrong // Feb 1, 2012 at 9:25 AM

    no shola tonight = 3pts with shola tonight = 0 pts SIMPLE

  • 9 drongo // Feb 1, 2012 at 9:26 AM

    Assuming no Cabaye tonight I think we go 433

    The 4 we have no choice over(!)
    Midfield of Guthrie Jonas Raylor
    Best HBA and the big lad up front

    Dont be massively surprised if we see one or both Dembas on the bench tonight.
    Thats a decent enough team really – I also agree with many who say that Cabaye has looked like he could use a rest recently, just a shame this has all come about when Tiote is away.

  • 10 Toon_Tom // Feb 1, 2012 at 9:26 AM

    jesper – Colo is fit, Cabaye’s trial is this morning so we will find out today and Guthrie is also fit.

  • 11 BOOM BOOM THE 1ST // Feb 1, 2012 at 9:27 AM

    @ indian u forgot
    (7) Ameobi says he will adapt his game and has no problem slotting in at centre half for toon.

  • 12 thai-mag // Feb 1, 2012 at 9:27 AM

    I see the unwashed managed to get a center back and a left back, would have either of those on loan, we just went throu the motions again

  • 13 Toon_Tom // Feb 1, 2012 at 9:30 AM

    Drongo – the Demba’s dont return until tomorrow apparently. Hope you are right and we surprise BBurn with the DembaDemba show, but unlikely!

    I would start with Lovas tonight with Best, play HBA thru the middle so that he can feed the balls through to Lovenkrands as we all know he is good at his runs, playing off the last man, and unlike Best, remaining onside most of the time.





  • 14 FloridaToon // Feb 1, 2012 at 9:30 AM

    Huge AP fan but if Shola starts tonight I will really have to question what is going on. Loven deserves a shot and at least he runs and puts in a shift.

  • 15 jesperfuglsang // Feb 1, 2012 at 9:32 AM

    I know AP will play 4-4-2, hoofball style with the lazy twins Best and Strolla up front and when we loose tonite, AP’s responce will be something like “I don’t know what went wrong”.

    I’ll tell you what went wrong – all of the above 🙂

  • 16 toonincheek // Feb 1, 2012 at 9:33 AM

    Maybe a little bit naughty of Cabaye, perhaps, but no more than that.

    What I don’t understand is – this really is trial by TV.
    The ref saw the incident – it wasn’t off the ball.
    He may not have seen ALL the action that you may be able to pick up by viewing repeated slo mo, but that’s so often the case.

    But surely – if the ref ‘saw’ the incident, that’s the end of it? Otherwise, every incident could be reviewed later.
    And if such a review was an option, then surely it would be an obligation?

    So how come Cabaye has been charged?

  • 17 Tsunki // Feb 1, 2012 at 9:33 AM

    Ha ha ha ha ha….. A post on the Cabaye appeal and what do we get – Ameobi should be banned! String him up, set fire to Ameobi blah blah Ameobi.

    Anyway The ‘appeal’ is foreordained. Unless one of Pardews’ hidden attributes is a high midi-chlorian count (had to look it up on NerdKipedia) I doubt his Jedi mind-tricks will work on the FA. Cabaye WILL be banned. It is also designed to not give a monkey’s about Pardews team preparations, but at least Cabaye will make the mackem match. 🙂

  • 18 cyprus // Feb 1, 2012 at 9:33 AM

    You know maybe that is the solution 🙂

  • 19 thepict // Feb 1, 2012 at 9:33 AM

    Indian , your constant Shola bashing is boring. Give it a rest and support the team.

  • 20 FloridaToon // Feb 1, 2012 at 9:36 AM


    Just an FYI. AP has played a 4-3-3 the last two games and if you watched the Albion match there was no hoof ball going on.

  • 21 NUFCarter // Feb 1, 2012 at 9:38 AM

    At least we dont have to take anyone off the banner

  • 22 Indian Magpie // Feb 1, 2012 at 9:38 AM

    i have been supporting toon for 11 years now, the same amt of time Shola has ben raping the paying SJP/SDA faithful

  • 23 NUFCarter // Feb 1, 2012 at 9:41 AM

    have 2 have 2 win tonite

  • 24 Wor Shearer // Feb 1, 2012 at 9:42 AM

    Typical English inflexibility!

    Following the rules to the letter, without consideration for any extraordinary circumstance….well done FA! just following orders, are you? – [isn’t that what those German soldiers said in the 1940’s?]….

  • 25 catchy in norway // Feb 1, 2012 at 9:42 AM

    i think we all seen that he did lash out at him, and he did catch the guy in the face, but im sure the camaras also seen than he was being fouled by the guy and the ref didnt seem to want to deal with that, or the pen,
    the ref was poor on the night, but he wasnt to blame for our poor display, pardew has to take the full blame for that,


    you have to agree though, shola is a player that would not get in any other prem team and that he didnt deserve a new contract at the start of the season,

    i would like pardew to be a bit more brave and pick a 442 attacking team, instead of the teams he has been pick and trying to get a draw or a lucky win,

    hate to even think it, but blackburn will beat us tonight, 🙁 if he plays the same tacktics as brighton and fulham

  • 26 Tsunki // Feb 1, 2012 at 9:43 AM

    Indian – you’re starting to get your toes across the danger line with that SDA talk mate!

  • 27 catchy in norway // Feb 1, 2012 at 9:44 AM

    FloridaToon // Feb 1, 2012 at 9:36 AM

    it was 433, but a very poor version of it, he played the ball sideways and backwards

  • 28 NUFCarter // Feb 1, 2012 at 9:45 AM


  • 29 Indian Magpie // Feb 1, 2012 at 9:46 AM

    I just wanted to be sure

  • 30 FloridaToon // Feb 1, 2012 at 9:51 AM


    Who is “he”? AP? Cause I don’t remember him being on the pitch. He sets the formation and tactics and the players are responsible for doing the rest.

    I will say that a 4-3-3 is not the best formation with Best on the left (should be in the center with shola on bench). However my response was due to an incorrect statement about Pardews formation and tactics…..poor or not.

  • 31 jesperfuglsang // Feb 1, 2012 at 9:51 AM

    Someone said in an earlier post that you should never have a plan b because it could get in the way of your plan a…

    Well lets assume for a moment that AP’s plan a is as I described above – then who wouldn’t want a plan b 🙂

    Here’s my plan b, or should I say plan a:

    ____________________ Krul ___________________

    Simpson _________ Colo ____ Willo ________ Santon

    ________________ Abeit _____ Guthrie __________

    Jonas _______________ HBA _____________ Vuckic

    __________________ McLoven _________________

    I think it’s about time to play to our strength and stop playing people out of position.

    And about time to rest some of the players who have underperformed lately.

    Another way to go about the game could be:

    ___________________ Krul ___________________

    Simpon ________ Colo ______ Willo _______ Santon

    ___________ Gosling ___ Abeit ___ Guthrie _______

    ____________ HBA ___ Best ____ Jonas __________

    This it how I would like us to play. No more 4-4-2, hoofball style. Just simple attacking, passing style with a solid defense.

  • 32 jesperfuglsang // Feb 1, 2012 at 10:00 AM


    I dare you either explain to me or to AP how you field a 4-3-3, because there is no way in H*LL we played 4-3-3 the last two games.

    Ed, even tried to convince us it was 4-2-3-1 against Brighton.

    All AP did was transforming his beloved 4-2-2 a bit and playing more people out of position.

  • 33 sirtoongospel // Feb 1, 2012 at 10:03 AM

    Same Shola post from Indian on about 3 threads.

    1st = not funny
    2nd = less funny
    3rs = Mind numbingly boring.

    What a boring, lifeless, lonely life he must lead. More than likely never been to a game.

  • 34 toonincheek // Feb 1, 2012 at 11:09 AM

    sirtoongospel –
    I was about to post much the same comment on comments copied from thread to thread but couldn’t be bothered.
    Agree with you, of course.

    But then Indian Magpie knows more that Sir Bobby and is far more of a Toon supporter that Shola.

  • 35 Too Krul // Feb 1, 2012 at 11:41 AM

    This is ridiculous, can you imagine if this was Man U? It would be a massive story re the disruption to tonight’s game plans if it were happening to Sir Alex. Sorry, I am very bitter mag today!

    @jesperfuglsang – have to admit – I love your line-up!

  • 36 Rosted Pork // Feb 1, 2012 at 1:08 PM

    lets protest if cabaye is ban 😐

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