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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  • TheFatController

    From the headline I thought the stat was going to be ‘look, since he’s gone we now score from corners …’

  • Wor Lass

    Yet another conspiracy!

  • Leazes Ender

    FA Referees Association bias
    Opposition 0 – 15 United…… that is a shocker of a statistic.

  • Wor Monga

    That’s very interesting as stats go because (I may be wrong here, but) I can’t remember any of those red cards ending up with an injured player…yet off hand, over that time frame we have had Ben Arfa put out for a season with a leg breaking tackle that didn’t even get a caution…

    …Haidara having his career virtually put on ice by a player putting his studs in above knee height,that didn’t even get a caution, and recently LeJeune being put out the game for weeks by a dangerous tackle, out on the wing by the PL’s latest lovechild…Harry Kane that being at SJP had to (like Cabaye) be shown a yellow…

    …interesting or maybe not?!!!

    • Virsino

      Ben Arfa’s leg break was before that time frame, October 2010, while Haidara’s injury was March 2013; this timeframe starts May 2014. Reasonable point though.

      • Wor Monga

        It doesn’t matter when those earlier decisions were made…they were still totally wrong, and everyone watching could see that they were dangerous and could cause serious injury, to our players…except (seemingly) those officials at the games!!!

  • steve pearce

    What about another statistic – the sheer number of ex-Newcastle players who never hit the heights they achieved with us and were either plagued by injury or were just completely shyte at playing football.

    I believe there is a curse on all who leave the Toon….

    • redcarrob

      Ha! Spot on. Me and my lad say this all the time. Every player since Ashley took over who has had a good season or two and then agitated for a move to a ‘bigger club’ has been diabolical, got injured or just sat on the bench and come on for a token 10 minutes. Though, granted, that might have got them some medals but how much have they really contributed? Demba Ba, Cabaye, Debouchy, Jaanmat, Ben Arfa (though that might be a bit harsh), Remy, Townsend and even Carrol. It’s definitely a curse!

  • FatParosite

    Anyone feeling hard done by Cabaye’s challenge on Yedlin need to remember back only 1 week to Yedlin’s challenge on Redmond.

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  • ghostrider

    North east is your answer.