Emirates Stadium

Next Game

Arsenal v Newcastle

Monday, 28 April 2014, 20:00

Barclays Prem

St James' Park, Newcastle

Last Game

Newcastle 1 - 2 Swansea

Saturday, 19 April 2014, 15:00

Barclays Prem

Newcastle ponder legal action

Newcastle United are considering taking legal action against the Senegalese Football Federation and, maybe also, FIFA, after being denied the opportunity to select Papiss Cisse for this weekend's Premier League fixture against Swansea.

Last Updated: 19/11/12 at 09:38 Post Comment

Papiss Cisse: Unable to face Swans

Papiss Cisse: Unable to face Swans

The north-east club believe the decision taken by Senegal to prevent Cisse from playing on Saturday is a direct retaliation to them withdrawing the striker - because of injury - from the country's midweek international friendly against Niger.

Newcastle say they followed the necessary rules in accordance with FIFA only for the Senegalese Federation to deny Cisse the chance to play for his club a few days later.

A statement on the club website reads: "Newcastle is dismayed and angry at the position adopted by the Senegalese Federation, and supported by FIFA, which means that Papiss Cisse is unable to play any part against Swansea City.

"Immediately following the fixture against West Ham United on Sunday the club went through the normal communication channels to advise the Senegalese Federation that Papiss would not be available for the international friendly due to injury.

"No reply was received and as such further communications were sent to the federation on Monday, 12th November.

"The club was not prepared to allow Papiss to travel to Niger as this would have been detrimental to his clinical condition.

"In accordance with FIFA Regulations the Club was more than happy for the player to be examined in England by a doctor of the Federation's choice in order to validate the player's medical condition.

"The Federation did not take this option and instead contacted FIFA to ask them to apply the regulation that effectively prevents Papiss from playing this weekend.

"It is the opinion of the club that it is wrong and wholly unjust for a national association to behave in this manner and for FIFA to endorse their stance and automatically apply the sanction without taking into account the specific facts of the case.

"The club understands that a number of other players were withdrawn from the Senegal squad. To the best of our knowledge Papiss Cisse and Newcastle United are the only parties that the national association has sought sanctions against."

Newcastle went on to say that the Senegalese Federation "have an agenda against Papiss and/or Newcastle United, possibly as a reaction to the club's decision earlier this year not to allow Papiss to participate in the London Olympics."

The St James Park club added they "will be speaking to its legal advisors to see if it has recourse against the Senegalese Federation and/or FIFA."

Cisse admitted he was now considering his international future after being left bemused by the chain of events.

He said: "I am deeply disappointed by the actions of my Federation which have punished me and my club.

"I love playing for my country and would only withdraw from a squad - for either a friendly or competitive game - for a genuine reason.

"I am fully supportive of the position my club has adopted in this matter and am sorry that the Federation seem to doubt my honesty and integrity.

"I will now consider if I wish to continue to captain my country."

Related News

Sky Bet

    • Retrieving latest Sky Bet odds

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

W

hy don't you call in Becks as well...and we will all have a lovely tea party!

kimosabi
United: Scholes helping out

M

ourinho is just a good-looking version of Allardyce (Fit Sam?). Clearly 19th century football isn't such a big deal after all?

Ezy_Rider
Chelsea Killed The Game Instead Of Playing It

S

tay put, Pep. Timothy Sherwood has this under control.

slowgraffiti
Guardiola plans Bayern stay

Footer 365

Premier League: Per Mertesacker backs Mesut Ozil to flourish at Arsenal

Mesut Ozil must strive for greater consistency to succeed at Arsenal, according to team-mate Per Mertesacker.

Moyes 'proud, but understands'

David Moyes has issued a statement over his Manchester United sacking - and admitted he shared the club's frustrations over his time in charge.

Premier League: Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers says the owners are happy

Brendan Rodgers is determined to sustain Liverpool's progress following discussions with the club's owners.

Mail Box

Of Course People Remember How You Won

Some have said that it doesn't matter how Chelsea played as long as they won, but is that true? Plus, we've found the one chap who enjoyed Tuesday's game...

Chelsea Got A Result, What's The Problem?

There is plenty of 'that's 90 minutes I'll never get back' sentiment about Chelsea's 'performance' in Madrid, but at least one person thinks they did what was required...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property