CHEIK Tiote, Demba Ba and Papiss Demba Cisse are back from an African riot – and ready to battle Sunderland.
The trio were due to return to training on Tyneside today after being given a short break in the wake of the ugly scenes that marred their African Cup of Nations play-off.
“We’ve given them a couple of days off, but they’re due in,” Pardew told the Gazette.
Tiote, Ba, pictured, and Cisse were on the pitch in Dakar when Senegal fans rioted after Didier Drogba put Ivory Coast 6-2 up on aggregate.
The game was abandoned after missiles, bottles and firecrackers were thrown on to the pitch, and the Confederation of African Football (CAF) yesterday confirmed that the result will stand.
United manager Alan Pardew will talk with all three to ensure they are mentally ready for Sunday’s Wear-Tyne derby at the Stadium of Light.
Ba and Cisse are coming to terms with their country, Senegal, not qualifying for January’s finals in South Africa.
Tiote and his team-mates had to be escorted off the pitch and out of the stadium by riot police amid disturbances inside and outside the ground.
Fortunately, all three safely got out of the 60,000-capacity Stade Leopald Senghor amid violent scenes, but Pardew’s keen to assess their mood ahead of one of the biggest games of Newcastle’s season.
“I haven’t spoken to them about the incident in the game, as such,” said Pardew.
“Obviously, I will have a conversation with all three about how they found it.
“Hopefully, they’re not too upset by what went on.”
The match was abandoned in the 78th minute, with Ivory Coast leading 2-0 on the night thanks to two goals from Drogba, whose second strike sparked the violence.
The disqualification ensures Ba and Cisse will not have to attend the tournament, while Premier League stars who will miss club matches include Tiote, Manchester City’s Yaya and Kolo Toure and Arsenal’s Gervinho.
CAF said in a statement: “CAF decided to officially confirm the result of the match as 2-0 in favour of Ivory Coast, and to consider Senegal the loser of the said match and eliminated from the competition without prejudice to any other sanctions that may be imposed by CAF disciplinary board.”
CAF rules state: “If the referee is forced to stop the match before the end of the regular time because of invasion of the field or aggression against the visiting team, the host team shall be considered loser and shall be eliminated from the competition, without prejudice to the sanctions existing in the regulations.”
Meanwhile, influential trio Fabricio Coloccini, Steven Taylor and Tim Krul were also due back in training ahead of the derby.