Since Newcastle started off very well over the first 11 games of the season, and had some very good luck, things have gone against us over the last seven games or so.
Luis Suarez – misses game on Friday die to one match ban
But that may just be starting to change with the news today that Liverpool’s star player Luis Suarez, has been suspended for one game and fined £20K and has accepted an FA charge of improper conduct.
The ban is in relation to his one-fingered sign aimed at the home supporters following Liverpool’s 1-0 defeat at Craven Cottage, and he will therefore miss the game on Friday night at Anfield against Newcastle.
This is the statement the FA put on their web-site today as they announced the one match ban and that Liverpool had also been fined for failing to control their players during the Fulham game, in which Jay Spearing was shown a straight red card:
“Liverpool Football Club have been fined £20,000 by The FA and warned as to their future conduct for failing to ensure their players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion during the league fixture at Fulham on 5 December 2011. “
“The club admitted the charge, which was in relation to the dismissal of Jay Spearing, but did not accept the standard £20,000 penalty for the offence. “
“However, at an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing today, the fine was imposed. “
” Liverpool player Luis Suarez will begin a one match suspension with immediate effect after he admitted an FA charge of improper conduct in relation to the same game.”
“Suarez was also fined £20,000 and warned as to his future conduct following a gesture he made towards the Fulham fans at the end of the fixture.”
Suarez has been banned for eight games by the FA after he was found guilty of misconduct for racially insulting Manchester United’s Patrice Evra during the Liverpool – Manchester United game recently, so he’s managed to get himself into quite a bit of trouble.
But he was initially able to play on Friday night, because he had two weeks to appeal the eight match ban, and could play during that time, but the timing of his one match ban is good for Newcastle.
And the former Newcastle manager – Kenny Dalglish – who was manager of Newcastle from January of 1997 until August of the following year, had compliments for both the Newcastle team and Alan Pardew today:
“I think Newcastle have done very well this season,” “They collected a lot of points early doors, and I know it’s tailed off a wee bit now.”
“But that’s because they probably have had a harder run of fixtures than they did at the start of the season.”
“But they are up there and have done fantastically well.” “They were active in the transfer window and brought a few people in. Demba Ba would obviously be the one who has been the big success.”
“They took a chance on him after he failed a medical at Stoke City. Alan Pardew took that chance which was brave of him and he has been rewarded by that.”
“Ba would be the pick of the signings but they have made some other good signings as well. Tiote has done well and Cabaye, but then I don’t think we are too shabby either.”
We rib Kenny a bit on this site, but he’s really a class act, and his wife of many years does great things for charity.
Back in 2004, Dalglish and his wife Marina founded the charity The Marina Dalglish Appeal to raise money to help treat cancer, and it’s really great they are both doing that, with Marina taking the lead.
We always remember after Kenny was sacked by Newcastle back in 1998, he said it had been an honor to manage Newcastle, and that it was a great club with fantastic supporters, and he’s always been complimentary of the Tyneside club ever since.
Andy Carroll will no doubt be playing on Friday night – the game kicks off at 7:45 pm – so let’s hope the Gateshead lad doesn’t magically find his goalscoring form against his old club Newcastle.
Don’t get us wrong, we want Andy to be a success at Liverpool, and he can still do that, but not on Friday night – please. 😀