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Scarcely believable statistic since Yohan Cabaye left Newcastle United

3 years ago
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Yohan Cabaye signed for PSG on 29 January 2014.

As we close in on a fourth year anniversary of that departure from Newcastle United, we are faced with a quite mad/bizarre statistic.

In the entire length of time since Yohan Cabaye left St James Park, not a single opposition player has been sent off in a Premier League match against Newcastle.

Even when you factor in the season in the Championship, it is still almost three years worth of Premier League football without a red card being shown to somebody playing against Newcastle.

Fully 100 Premier League games have gone by without Newcastle benefiting from a sending off for the opposition.

Ironically, it was Yohan Cabaye who should have brought this bizarre record to an end but for some inexplicable reason, Stuart Attwell decided not to dismiss the Frenchman.

Countless times in these past few years of Premier League football, Newcastle supporters have wondered when opponents have escaped a red, especially when you look at how many Newcastle players have been sent off in this timeframe.

Newcastle red cards in Premier League since last opposition player sent off (28 January 2014):

Newcastle 0 Tottenham 2 (Jonjo Shelvey) – 13 August 2017

Newcastle 5 Tottenham 1 (Aleksandar Mitrovic) – 15 May 2016

Newcastle 0 Everton 3 (Jamaal Lascelles) – 3 February 2016

Sunderland 3 Newcastle 0 (Fabricio Coloccini) – 25 October 2015

Newcastle 0 Arsenal 1 (Aleksandar Mitrovic) – 29 August 2015

Swansea 2 Newcastle 0 (Daryl Janmaat) – 15 August 2015

Leicester 3 Newcastle 0 (Mike Williamson) – 2 May 2015

Leicester 3 Newcastle 0 (Daryl Janmaat) – 2 May 2015

Liverpool 2 Newcastle 0 (Moussa Sissoko) – 13 April 2015

Everton 3 Newcastle 0 (Fabricio Coloccini) – 15 March 2015

Newcastle 2 Chelsea 1 (Steven Taylor) – 6 December 2014

West Ham 1 Newcastle 0 (Moussa Sissoko) – 29  November 2014

Aston Villa 0 Newcastle 0 (Mike Williamson) – 23 August 2014

Liverpool 2 Newcastle 1 (Shola Ameobi) – 11 May 2014

Liverpool 2 Newcastle 1 (Paul Dummett) – 11 May 2014

Yes, 15 Newcastle players sent off in PL games since Yohan Cabaye departed on 29 January 2014.

In fact, it was less than 24 hours before official confirmation of his sale, when Newcastle last had an opposition player red carded.

With Cabaye on his way to France to sign for PSG, Newcastle travelled to Norwich without him.

Bradley Johnson was sent off for the Canaries in a dismal 0-0 draw but even that took a Newcastle sending off (Loic Remy) to provoke a reaction from the home player and his subsequent red card.

Norwich 0 Newcastle 0 (Bradley Johnson) – 28 January 2014

Norwich 0 Newcastle 0 (Loic Remy) 28 January 2014

The clock is ticking!
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