No fine for Ba despite Newcastle striker critising club in radio interview
16:19 GMT, 20 December 2012
Newcastle United striker Demba Ba has escaped a club fine for his controversial interview with a French television station this week.
The Senegal international, who appeared to indicate he was looking to join Arsenal and was critical of the team’s style of football, has avoided punishment for the interview with L'Equipe du Dimanche, a show on Canal+.
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew, and club executives, have studied the interview this week and decided he has not breached any club rules.
Blunder: Ba criticised Newcastle on a French radio station
Ba, who is refusing to sign a new deal with Newcastle to replace the 7.5million release clause in his current deal, claimed the team's 'long ball football' had damaged their league campaign this season.
Last season Newcastle midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa was fined after he criticised the team's style of play following a 3-0 win over Manchester United.
But Pardew said then: 'I didn’t see anything wrong with his interview.
'I don’t think any player at any football club is going to say their philosophy is the same as the manager.
No fine: Pardew was understanding of his star striker
'I didn’t when I was working with Steve Coppell (at Crystal Palace) I was the same but I still admired him and understood what he is about and learned a great deal off him.'
As doubts remain over Ba’s future at St James’s Park, Newcastle have again be linked with a reunion with England striker Andy Carroll.
According to newspaper reports, the Geordie striker is keen on a return to Tyneside after an unhappy move to Liverpool and his current loan spell with West Ham.
But he would need special dispensation to return to Newcastle in the next transfer window because he has played for two Premier League teams.