Cabaye disciplined for refusing to play for Newcastle Utd

Alan Pardew
Alan Pardew

YOHAN Cabaye has been disciplined for refusing to play for Newcastle United.

The midfielder wasn’t involved in the club’s first two Premier League fixtures.

At the time United manager Alan Pardew said Cabaye’s “head had been turned” by a £10m bid from Arsenal, which was rejected.

Arsene Wenger didn’t return with an improved offer, and the 27-year-old this week apologised for his actions.

Pardew said today: “He has been disciplined for his actions.

“He has accepted that in good faith. We can move on now.

“It would be nice if the fans give him the support he now deserves.

“I know he is going to have a great season. Trust me, he’s a fabulous player. He’s very important to us.”

Pardew wouldn’t elaborate on the action taken against Cabaye, though it is likely he has been fined by the club.

“I don’t want to comment any further,” said Pardew.

Cabaye made a belated seasonal debut against Fulham late last month.

And the France international started last weekend’s 2-1 win over Aston Villa.

Meanwhile, defender Steven Tasylor could miss Newcastle’s next three games with a knock suffered in training.