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Newcastle Trying To Block Cisse’s Involvement At Olympics

9:24 am, Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 36 Comments

News today in the Newcastle Journal that Newcastle have blocked Papiss Cisse from playing in the London Olympics, after it became news that he would be one of the three Senegal players selected, who were over the age of 23.

And that seems fair to us, because Papiss played in the African Cup of Nations last January,  and will be playing in next January’s African tournament in South Africa, and Newcastle would like to have the lad available for them – since they do pay his wages.

The African Cup of Nations moving to odd years – for whatever reason – has meant that there will be four African Cup of Nations in the last five years (2008, 2010, 2012, 2013), and having the Olympics in there too, is just too much for a club like Newcastle.

Cisse was expected to join the Senegal squad at a training camp in Spain in the next few days, so we assume that will not now happen.

But Newcastle are still in discussions with the Senegal FA, and they could be delicate, but Newcastle are citing the ruling that clubs are not obliged to release over-age players for the Olympic Games.

And there is a precedent to this from four years ago, when Lionel Messi was selected to play for the Argentine, and at that time the Court of Arbitration for Sport backed Barcelona’s decision to block his call-up.

But Barcelona did eventually let Messi play in the tournament in Beijing, China, but we hope that Newcastle hold firm, since they seem to have the law on their side, and it would seem fine, as long as Papiss Cisse is not desperate to play in the Olympics.

What do you think?

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36 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Indian Magpie // Jul 3, 2012 at 9:26 AM

    i Think he may go to olympics but as a compromise may miss filty friendlies

  • 2 Indian Magpie // Jul 3, 2012 at 9:27 AM


  • 3 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Jul 3, 2012 at 9:28 AM

    filty fithy….I still have no idea….Filthy?

  • 4 Indian Magpie // Jul 3, 2012 at 9:30 AM

    Yes FILTHY

  • 5 Spoof // Jul 3, 2012 at 9:34 AM

    God we need him fit and fresh, the Olympics is not a major footballing tournament so we should stop him from playing
    The Journal are also saying that the club have not yet had their latest bid on De Jong accepted or turned down, so there is still hope

  • 6 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Jul 3, 2012 at 9:34 AM

    “West Ham have made an approach to sign Dejan Stankovic and Romelu Lukaku as the club attempt to strengthen after their return to the top flight, according to The Times.”

    On SS. Really? Lukaku? Sign him or loan him? It looks like West Ham really really don’t want to go down again

  • 7 Graeme // Jul 3, 2012 at 9:37 AM

    At the end of the day, somebody has to look after the player – he has been playing for a year now with no real break. Senegal only want him for a few games a season so are not really interested in his “Day Job” the one that pays his wages and the club that keeps him fit to play football.

    NUFC need to tell them he aint playing – there is no place for football at the Olympics, its just a “Glory” hunt for what should be “amateur” Track & Field events. The same goes for tennis, get rid of them both from the Olympics!!

  • 8 estechco // Jul 3, 2012 at 9:39 AM

    What the hell is it with these “LocalSlags” adverts!?!

    A bit poor taste isn’t it, Ed?

  • 9 jakesome // Jul 3, 2012 at 9:40 AM

    the olympics is no amateur event. you want the best athletes in the world there thats the whole point. what do you think Mr Bolts day job is

  • 10 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Jul 3, 2012 at 9:41 AM

    Jakesome…Doesn’t he work a check-out at poundland?

  • 11 jakesome // Jul 3, 2012 at 9:41 AM

    estecho not happening to me, maybe delete your browsing history haha

  • 12 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Jul 3, 2012 at 9:41 AM

    No wait! He stacks shelves at sports direct….pretty quickly too I might add. Saves Mike a fortune

  • 13 jakesome // Jul 3, 2012 at 9:42 AM

    he got demoted to shelf stocking for a bad attitude

  • 14 jakesome // Jul 3, 2012 at 9:43 AM


  • 15 davybtoon // Jul 3, 2012 at 9:45 AM

    de jong would of been good but am not that bothered we aint signing him, we could get gamerio n tiovonen for the same price twente want for de jong

  • 16 Beattie25 // Jul 3, 2012 at 9:47 AM

    So if we had 20 million to spend before the sales of best and Forster and we add the 5 million to the kitty that means we have 43 million to spend.

    Wow that’s a lot. Also with all those players leaving our wage bill must be amongst the lowest in the leauge. Infact I think Bradford have got a higher wage bill.

  • 17 nufc786 // Jul 3, 2012 at 9:49 AM

    bradford beattie????????????

  • 18 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Jul 3, 2012 at 9:49 AM

    Beattie…Our wage bill is so low now, I think the club makes money on players on the books.

    Loving the maths there mate…if 20+5 doesn’t equal 43 I’m going to be gutted.

  • 19 nufc786 // Jul 3, 2012 at 9:53 AM

    20 + 5 =43 man i wish that were true…

  • 20 GeordieToon89 // Jul 3, 2012 at 9:54 AM

    davybtoon – If it came to a choice of paying £14million for De Jong or £14million for Toivenen AND Gameiro.. I i’d much rather have Gameiro and Toivenen..Gameiro would be a perfect fit for us and Toivenen can play in various positions..

    Gameiro for Lovenkrands
    Toivenen for Best

    £14million Fee and £3million recieved so total spend £11million..Bargain!

  • 21 Beattie25 // Jul 3, 2012 at 9:54 AM

    The wage bill is so low because all our signings since 2011 are on minimum wage as standard with sports direct. Apart from colo who gets supervisor pay and £7.50 an hour
    So I kinda hope he does join city because that’s far too much

    I think Ketsbia might have been right all along with his prediction of 15 signings as we have what the old school would call a transfer war chest.

  • 22 spitfire_ // Jul 3, 2012 at 9:54 AM

    So… we spend the last weeks to pursuit De Jong and Douglas. Even that for De Jong every one who can think knows that he will cost a lot and the negotiations will be very very heavy… especially after Tiote’s transfer… and for Douglas that he want to take citizenship… which thanks to papers we know that this could happend in august… With two days before pre season just now we can start to think about other transfers? I just hope for some miracle to bring Douglas or De Jong before july 5th… otherwise we will begun the pre season with weaker team than last year’s… and with euro games up front.

  • 23 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Jul 3, 2012 at 9:55 AM

    Unfortunately the club seem to calculate the opposite way….

    35-9-0 = 0 (Carroll, Cisse, Ba).


  • 24 Spoof // Jul 3, 2012 at 9:56 AM

    Beattie I worked 2 hours overtime at work last week, but will you tell the gaffer how many hours pay I should get, I’ll buy you a couple of pints with the xtra 3 days pay which I will get, cheers m8 lol

  • 25 GeordieToon89 // Jul 3, 2012 at 9:57 AM

    Sky Sports understands that Newcastle have now already switched their attention to other targets.

    Already being key in that for me

  • 26 chris_g // Jul 3, 2012 at 9:57 AM

    Ok, so the Journal have reported that the club have blocked him from playing. So who made the decision? The last I heard Pards was at Wimbledon where he was quoted as saying “We have to give our permission and we are sort of discussing it.” So who is he “sort of” discussing things with? Presumably not with Llambias and Charnley, because they’re supposed to be in Holland and a bit preoccupied with more important things. Does Mark Douglas actually get paid for making this stuff up?

  • 27 Beattie25 // Jul 3, 2012 at 9:58 AM

    De Jong is a smokescreen to our true transfer target #emilehesky9

  • 28 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Jul 3, 2012 at 9:59 AM

    Beattie…tbf to Collo, do you have any idea how much an hour it costs to keep his hair like that?

  • 29 Oldgit1 // Jul 3, 2012 at 10:01 AM

    Another day of pressing the f5 button which is already worn out. must get a life.
    I do however enjoy the comments from you guys so thanks for that. Hope there are some positive news on signings.

  • 30 Spoof // Jul 3, 2012 at 10:02 AM

    Heskey, howay man its a bit too early for sick jokes of that type, anyway it looks is if we would lose out to the Mackems, Emile in red and white stripes, now thats something to look forward too

  • 31 Beattie25 // Jul 3, 2012 at 10:02 AM

    Cmon ibiza

    You know that the undersoil heating at Benton cost 100 million spondoolas.

    It was money well spent as it means wenare category 1 listed so we can sign the best youngsters… Oh wait…. ASHLEY OUT!!

  • 32 sks_toon // Jul 3, 2012 at 10:04 AM

    I only hope that Cisse is not upset by this is understands the club’s position. Otherwise it could start some bad blood between him and the club, but that is the absolute worst case senario and I think Cisse isnt like that.

  • 33 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Jul 3, 2012 at 10:04 AM

    Beattie…and to stop with untimely injuries etc….oh wait….ASHLEY OUT!!

  • 34 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Jul 3, 2012 at 10:06 AM

    Hmmmm…we shouldn’t start that one Beattie….I’d give it a couple of hours before an angry mob appear at the gates of SJP.

    We’re only joking people. Ashley is wonderful, the sort of chap you’d bring home to meet your parents. Playful and cuddly….you know the sort

  • 35 Hatem's better than Messi // Jul 3, 2012 at 10:46 AM

    Let him go.
    Keep him happy.

    He won’t miss much and we have cover.

  • 36 demboy // Jul 3, 2012 at 12:45 PM

    nufc trying to put its hands ahead against cisse playing the olympics is dangerous.If cisse wants to be part to the games, nufc can’t stop him and to force him to renounce is not the better way to keep him happy and satisfied to start the new season with great enthusiasm.

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