The FA as expected charged Islam Slimani with violent conduct yesterday after he kicked out at West Brom defender Craig Dawson late in the home game on Saturday.
Slimani now has until 6pm today to respond to the charge.
And it’s likely he will not contest it and that will mean he has played his last game for Newcastle with only one start in 4 appearances since he arrived injured on January 31st.
Slimani didn’t play until he had been on board two months on Tyneside.
It has not been a happy time for Slimani and the player will be hugely disappointed with what has happened on Tyneside.
Islam Slimani – played his last game for Newcastle
This is what was put on the FA website yesterday:
Newcastle United’s Islam Slimani has been charged with violent conduct following an incident during the game against West Bromwich Albion on Saturday [28 April 2018].
It happened in the 80th minute and was not seen by the match officials but caught on video.
He has until 6pm on 1 May 2018 to respond to the charge.
Off the ball incidents which are not seen at the time are referred by The FA to a panel of three former elite match officials.
Each panel member will review the video footage independently of one another to determine whether they consider it a sending-off offense.
For retrospective action to be taken, and an FA charge to follow, the decision of the panel must be unanimous.
While it’s been a bit of a disaster for Slimani at Newcastle our other two loan players – Martin Dubravka and Robert Kenedy have been in excellent form for us.
Rafa Benitez would like to sign both permanently in the summer and he has an option to buy goalkeeper Dubravka for €4M, and he is almost certain to bring Dubravka to the club permanently.
That will be an excellent deal for Newcastle.
He would like to do the same with Kennedy, but it’s unlikely Chelsea will want to sell him, but there may be a chance to get the 22-year-old on loan next season.
Both players have helped us significantly in our surge to safety this year and the number one goal of the season – to stay in the Premier League has been achieved.
Now we have a decent chance to finish in the top ten if we can do well in our final three games.
We are at Watford on Saturday and they remain 3 points behind us after losing 2-0 against Tottenham last night and they have only two games to play.