A really nice surprise today that Kenedy will not face a three-match ban for kicking Cardiff City’s Victor Camarasa on Saturday.
During the game, the referee Craig Pawson gave a free-kick for the foul and when that’s the case the FA cannot take retroactive action.
That detail must have been in Pawson’s report of the game and since it was dealt with at the time of the incident it will not be referred to a disciplinary panel.
However, it seems the referee couldn’t have seen Kenedy’s actual kick so it seems a little strange.
But anyway – it’s very good news for Newcastle – although the Brazilian cannot play in the next game at home to his home club Chelsea on Sunday afternoon.
Kenedy – in action at Cardiff on Saturday
We were sure he would get a three-match ban – but wrong again – but happy about that.
Manager Rafa Benitez had said after the game that it wouldn’t be good if he was banned – so that’s some good news for Newcastle and for Kenedy himself.
But the 22-year-old also has to control his emotions on the pitch in the future and he’ll get help from the manager to do that.
It’s great that we will have him for the game at Manchester City and at home to Arsenal.
Rafa could also use him in the League cup tie at Nottingham Forest a week on Wednesday although we would expect the manager to give other players an outing in that game.