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Newcastle United – Trial By TV

10 years ago

When I heard after the match that Cabaye might be in trouble because of that challenge during the Brighton match I feared the worst. When watching TV replays I was fully expecting that as they’d fallen to the ground in a tangle, our French midfielder had then given him an elbow as they disentangled ,or something of that ilk.

Having now seen the incident countless times I still find it impossible to see how anybody can say with any certainty that Cabaye was deliberately trying to catch him. The two players are in motion the whole time they are entangled and Cabaye’s boot does catch him but I just can’t see how he had the time or opportunity to decide to lash out.

Newcastle are contesting the Football Association charge and they have thankfully had the backing of Brighton and Hove Albion defender Adam El-Abd, who came forward and offered to speak in Cabaye’s defence.

The punishment is three matches but could be increased to four if the appeal is found to have been brought without any foundation. If that happens then we will really know they have it in for us.

Alan Pardew has quite rightly gone on the attack; “I’m absolutely livid about that, if I’m honest. After the game someone asked me about the TV coverage, and especially presenter Ray Stubbs.

Cabaye tried to stop the boy from falling on him. Yesterday we had a call from Brighton’s coaching team suggesting the player want to support our player.

We’ve sent a strong letter (to the FA), and we asked the Brighton player if they would forward a letter to us, which they kindly did. I really think they need to take a deep breath on this one”.

I think the most distasteful aspect is the role of the TV companies, in this case ESPN, we know they now draw up the fixture schedule and change it at a moment’s notice but are they now the judge and jury on disciplinary matters as well?

We have seen this increasingly over the years, TV replays of certain incidents shown on a loop while they decide to ignore others. Away from the discipline angle, we still  haven’t the last of our fortunate penalty at Old Trafford despite the Mancs getting every other single decision over the 90 minutes, including the free-kick they scored from which clearly shouldn’t have been given.

The really bitter and ironic thing is that other teams have clearly targeted Cabaye in recent months as his reputation has grown and in at least half a dozen matches I reckon a red card could have been shown for challenges on him, including an early one at Brighton, yet not a single one shown.

If ESPN hadn’t gone to town on this would it have resulted in an FA charge, the FA would claim they would have…but then they would say that, wouldn’t they?



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