Cabaye punishment revealed

first_img Manager Pardew had previously diplomatically declined to go into detail over the situation, but having seen Cabaye make a public apology over the stand-off earlier this week, revealed the player has been disciplined and in the process, issued a tacit confirmation. The 52-year-old said: “He has also been disciplined for his actions this week and he accepted that in good faith, and therefore we move on now. “As far as I’m concerned, especially on Saturday, it would be nice if our 51,000, 52,000 [fans], whatever it is, give him the support he now deserves for at least apologising for that and taking the punishment that came with it. “That’s a signal to the players here and players elsewhere as well that until the contract is signed with another club, there is a responsibility to the club you are at. “As I say, he has accepted that in good faith and he was brilliant last week. “He’s a fantastic player, not just for us, but for France, and I know he is going to have a great season.” Cabaye returned to the starting line-up at Aston Villa last Saturday having made his first appearance of the campaign, to a mixed reaction, as a substitute during the 1-0 win over Fulham a week earlier. His performance in a 2-1 victory in the Midlands confirmed his return to form and left Pardew confident that one of his most influential players is now fully back in harness. Asked if he thought it was important that Cabaye had apologised, he said: “Part of me does, and part of me feels it’s about performances. “What Newcastle fans want to see him do is pull the that shirt on and give everything he’s got. I think he did that against Aston Villa, and that’s the signal for going forward whenever you get a scenario like that. “I don’t really want to comment on it anymore. It’s now dead and gone and now we just want, and I want, Yohan to perform to the best of his ability. “He has been brilliant this week again. Trust me, he’s a fabulous player and very important to us. “His performance last week spoke a thousand words. He didn’t really need to do that [apologise] in the week in terms of winning over our fans, I don’t think. His performances will do that and his endeavour.” If Cabaye’s display at Villa Park gave Pardew cause for optimism, it was compatriot Hatem Ben Arfa’s contribution which went much of the way to claiming the points as he scored the opening goal and then set up Yoan Gouffran for the winner. Undoubtedly a player of rich talent, he revealed the extent of his personal ambition this week when he spoke of his dream of one day winning the Ballon d’Or, currently the personal preserve of Argentinian superstar Lionel Messi. Pardew said: “It’s always a nice dream and I encourage players to reach for the stars, so all good to him. “But as an individual talent, you have to say he has the potential, but it’s about consistency and staying fit with Hatem and if he can do that, then he will give himself a chance.” Newcastle midfielder Yohan Cabaye has been punished for his refusal to play for the club as Arsenal attempted to prise him out of Alan Pardew’s grasp. Press Association The 27-year-old France international was conspicuous by his absence for the first three games of the season after the Gunners tabled a £10million bid for his services on the eve of the opening weekend trip to Manchester City, giving rise to reports that he had gone on strike. Magpies owner Mike Ashley dismissed the offer out of hand and the summer transfer window closed with the former Lille man, who was valued at around double that, still on board. last_img read more

NPFL: Okon Otop Desires More for Self and Go Round FC

first_imgThe striker, who began his career with Canaan Youth Soccer Academy, Calabar in 2013, joined Abia Warriors FC in 2017, but did not play any competitive game, as the club loaned him out to Warri Wolves to sharpen his skills and garner some experience.Okon has scored three times for Go Round FC (against Abia Warriors, El-Kanemi and Sunshine Stars), but in a chat with www.npfl.ng, the forward admitted the difficulties he has personally faced in the top flight, as well as his ambitions with the club.“Life has been difficult so far in the professional league because things are done here differently, as compared to the NNL. The competition is amazing and you have to be at your best to even feature for the team”.“We (Go Round) knew it will be difficult, but we are doing our best and we are coping with the challenges. I have scored three goals this season and it is a good start, though that is not what i initially planned, because I am here to score goals and help the team”.“I have big dreams with Go Round, and despite being new at the big stage, I wish to help the club to get to the continent and end the season as the club’s highest goal scorer”, he told npfl.ngShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram His name may strike a good note in a rhyme exercise but Okon Otop is not an easily recognisable name in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) in which he now rubs shoulders with the big boys for Go Round FC of Omoku, Rivers State.Like Otop, his club is not a traditional top league side having just celebrated their promotion to the top flight, after finishing behind Heartland FC of Owerri, at the expense of Bayelsa United FC on the final day of the 2017 Nigeria National League (NNL) season.Despite scoring the highest number of goals (40) in the NNL Southern Conference in the last campaign, the Omoku-based side has managed just seven goals in 11 games in what has been a difficult start to the campaign.last_img read more