When the Newcastle United squad jetted off to Dubai for a team building trip to try and turn around a run of only two wins in the last twelve matches, there was much puzzlement as to why Captain Fabricio Coloccini had chosen to give it a miss.

Reports followed, claiming that Colo had missed it due to dealing with ‘personal issues’, leading many fans to assume that he must have flown to Argentina to visit his family as has often happened in the past.

colocciniHowever, it later emerged according to United fan website nufc.com that the NUFC skipper had been spotted in Newcastle city centre on Monday, as well as watching the Under 21 match against Blackburn at St. James’ Park on Tuesday night.

With confusion reigning, there has now emerged a scandalous claim as to why the Newcastle Captain missed this team building trip.

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A friend of a friend of a friend of Fabricio Coloccini’s hairdresser says that while he was under the dryer for a few hours, the captain admitted the real reason he’d not gone to Dubai.

It is claimed that with Colo turning 33 today (Thursday), Facundo Ferreyra was baking a special birthday cake to thank his fellow Argentine for the six month non-playing holiday Coloccini helped land for him at St. James’ Park – the United skipper not wanting to hurt his best mate’s feelings by not being around this morning after he’d gone to all that trouble of baking him the cake, complete with candles.

When asked about the cake reports, Managing Director Lee Charnley refused to talk to reporters saying that the whole thing was making Newcastle United look ridiculous this week, to which one of the journalists replied that he’d started it with his Chronicle interview.

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