Monday lunchtime it has been reported that Kenedy has avoided a three match ban.
Newcastle fans concerned that the winger was set to face a retrospective charge following Saturday’s match.
The Newcastle player ‘appearing’ to lash out at an opponent with his left boot but the referee apparently not seeing the incident. Although he did appear to then guess something had happened and gave a free-kick, with the Cardiff player lying on the floor.
Liam Twomey works for ESPN covering Chelsea and he says his information is that the loan player will not be banned.
The FA said to have asked the question but Craig Pawson saying he saw the incident at the time and awarded that free-kick.
As indicated above, I wonder if he hadn’t guessed and given a free-kick, whether the referee would have told the FA a different answer to their question?
If he had been found guilty, Kenedy would likely have received a three match ban.
However, he would only have missed one Premier League game anyway, that he would have been eligible to play in.
Even though you are not allowed to play against your parent club anyway when out on loan, FA rules dictate that Chelsea on Sunday would still have counted as part of any ban.
Then with Forest in the League Cup the following Wednesday, in effect it would only have been Man City away that Kenedy would have been penalised for when it comes to Premier League action.
Hopefully this news (no ban for Kenedy) will be confirmed officially in the near future.
Though maybe not such a bad thing that this weekend happens to be a game he has to miss anyway, letting him have a chance to reflect on a poor game at Cardiff and letting himself down in the discipline department.
Liam Twomey who covers Chelsea for ESPN:
“Finally some good news for Chelsea loanee Kenedy.
“I’m told he won’t face a ban for his off-the-ball kick vs Cardiff.
“FA asked the question but officials said incident was seen and free-kick was awarded at the time
“Also, a quirk of FA regulations.
“Even though he’s ineligible to face Chelsea next weekend, that game would have counted as part of any three-game ban Kenedy might have received for violent conduct.”