Ahead of their final two games of the season, Tottenham look to have now little to play for – all but mathematically guaranteed a Champions League group stage place and unable to win the title.
Newcastle fans hoping that this has significantly improved the chances of getting a positive result when Tottenham visit on Sunday 15 May.
Confirmation today of other problems for the North London club as both Chelsea and Tottenham have been charged by the Football Association with three offences of failing to control their players and officials both during and after Monday’s match.
Sadly, Newcastle will not have anything to gain from those charges but they almost certainly will from the charge of violent conduct against Mousa Dembele.
The FA have stated that Dembele’s alleged eye-gouge on Diego Costa is more serious than a usual charge of violent conduct and this means that a three game ban is ‘clearly insufficient’ if he’s found guilty.
Not that this (longer than usual 3 match ban) concerns Newcastle but after the TV pictures it is difficult to see how Dembele won’t be missing the match at St James Park.
Dele Alli is already suspended for the game, so at least two of their best players will be missing, plus they also have injury doubts arising from the game.
Danny Rose went off with a reported hamstring problem whilst the Tottenham central defender Toby Alderweireld was also forced off in the final stages – both players a doubt for the remaining two games of the season.
An FA statement explained the process regarding sorting the Dembele issue and other incidents not seen by the officials :
“Off the ball incidents which are not seen at the time by the match officials are referred to a panel of three former elite referees.
“Each referee panel member will review the video footage independently of one another to determine whether they consider it a sending-off offence.
“For retrospective action to be taken, and an FA charge to follow, the decision of the panel must be unanimous.”
The Newcastle v Tottenham match is now sold out, with United fans hoping for another last day of the season survival special, following Jonas Gutierrez’ inspired effort against West Ham last May.