On Monday, The FA revealed that after reviewing video footage, three former elite match officials decided retrospectively that Islam Slimani should have been sent off for Newcastle against West Brom.

It was a unanimous decision by them and so that triggered the FA charge for violent conduct.

With Newcastle now safe from relegation and fans assuming that after an overwhelmingly disappointing loan spell there would almost certainly no desire in making a move permanent, it looked a formality that the charge would be accepted and the striker head back to Leicester.

Especially so on these type of charges, with video footage appearing to confirm that Islam Slimani did kick out, even though it was never ever going to harm anybody

However, despite a deadline of 6pm on 1 May [Tuesday] for the player and Newcastle to respond to/challenge the charge and imminent ban, there has been no news at all.

No confirmation as to the charge being accepted or challenged.

However, with it being two days on and the official FA website still not showing any suspension for Islam Slimani, it appears that at the very least, the violent conduct charge has been challenged, in an attempt to allow the player to be available for these three remaining games of the season.

As to whether the appeal will be/has been successful, I guess we will surely find out sometime today [Thursday].

The Mag – 30 April 2018:

Islam Slimani should have been sent off.

That is the decision of an FA panel of ‘elite officials’, asked to look at the footage from Saturday retrospectively.

Craig Dawson made contact with the loan striker in the penalty area and then as he walked away, Slimani aimed a feeble kick at him.

It was never going to hurt anyone, although Dawson could have been injured when throwing himself to the ground, but it now looks nailed on that Islam Slimani will be banned for the rest of the season.

He has until 6pm tomorrow [Tuesday] to respond to the charge.

However, any appeal/defence is surely futile, as the TV footage speaks for itself.

No harm done but he definitely petulantly kicks out.

FA Official Statement:

Newcastle United’s Islam Slimani has been charged with violent conduct following an incident during the game against West Bromwich Albion on Saturday [28 April 2018].

It happened in the 80th minute and was not seen by the match officials but caught on video.

He has until 6pm on 1 May 2018 to respond to the charge.

Off the ball incidents which are not seen at the time are referred by The FA to a panel of three former elite match officials.

Each 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.’

  • Ram Kishore

    We will use him for next three matches.. then in the Transfer window he will be sold to a chinese super league club.. so everyone is happy

  • Alex

    We’ve got to pay him, so may as well try to have him available to play.

  • ghostrider

    How about don’t play him and play those that were part of the set up that got us to 10th.
    Slimani played no part in that, in truth.
    If Rafa decides he’s worth buying at the end of the season, then let him start fresh with no suspension hanging over him.

    If he’s off to some Chinese club or whatever then he simply goes back to Leicester and they can deal with it all. Just pay up his loan and send him back and just carry on with what we’ve been doing.

    • Wor Lass

      Oh no, I support everyone who plays for United – I just want what`s best for the club … blah, blah, blah. I told you you`re pants were on fire.

      • ghostrider

        Are you making some kind of point?

  • Leazes.

    As ‘simulation’ is also an offence why hasn’t the West Brom Player been carpeted in the same action? He deliberately tried to highlight the kick to get Slimani sent off….. It should have been a sending off and a booking!

    • Wor Lass

      That`s the point I made the other day. It`s despicable performancess like Dawson`s that need stamping out. Absolute disgrace!

  • Fatwatch

    Challenging the decision so he is available for future matches in smart. BUT it’s the clearest indication yet that he is on his way out of the premier league come summer.

    • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

      I’d say the contary