Cheik Tiote set for Europa League role after seeing red in derby

SEEING RED ... Cheik Tiote, left, heads towards the tunnel after being dismissed.
SEEING RED ... Cheik Tiote, left, heads towards the tunnel after being dismissed.
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NEWCASTLE United won’t appeal Cheik Tiote’s dismissal at Sunderland – and the midfielder’s set for a European role for the club.

The midfielder will now sit out the club’s next three Premier League games through suspension.

With Alan Pardew’s side leading by Yohan Cabaye’s third-minute strike, Tiote was red carded for a high challenge on Steven Fletcher in the 25th minute.

Match report: Sunderland 1 Newcastle United 1

While Pardew felt the decision from referee Martin Atkinson was “harsh”, he refused to criticise Atkinson.

And the decision won’t be appealed, meaning Tiote will miss the Premier League games against West Bromwich Albion, Liverpool and West Ham United.

Tiote is likely to feature in Newcastle’s home and away Europa League games against Club Brugge while he serves his domestic suspension.

“I thought (the sending off) was a bit harsh, but we accept it,” Pardew told the Gazette.

“I’m not going to say any more than that. He got sent off, and that’s it.”

Pardew sent on James Perch later in the half, and the utility player was superb alongside Cabaye in the centre of midfield.

Vurnon Anita, signed from Ajax in the summer, was another option for Pardew, who wanted to send on a player with experience of a North-East derby.

“I think it was important it was someone who knew the game,” said Pardew.

“I could’ve brought (Vurnon) Anita on. He might have kept the ball a bit better for us.

“But it was really going to be Perchie’s day with his tackling and heading and digging in.

“His discipline was of the highest order.”

* Newcastle United’s take on Stoke City at Whitley Park in the Professional Development League tonight (7pm kick-off).

Willie Donachie’s side have also been drawn against Bedlington Terriers in the second round of the Northumberland Senior Cup.

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