Cabaye to face FA hearing after denying violent conduct charge for Cup kick
Newcastle midfielder Yohan Cabaye has formally denied an FA charge of violent conduct.
The 26-year-old's case will be heard by a regulatory commission on Wednesday, meaning the Magpies will know whether or not he is available for the Barclays Premier League clash with Blackburn later the same day.
An FA statement read: 'Newcastle United midfielder Yohan Cabaye has denied a charge of violent conduct.
Out of Toon: Yohan Cabaye is waiting to hear if he will be banned by the FA
'Cabaye was charged following an incident in the FA Cup fourth round tie against Brighton on Saturday, January 28.
'A regulatory commission will hear the charge on Wednesday, February 1, 2012.'
His kick left Adam El-Abd with a bloody lip during the Magpies' shock 1-0 FA Cup fourth-round defeat to Brighton on Saturday.
The flashpoint was missed by referee Lee Probert – but captured on video.
And after reviewing the footage, the
FA's disciplinary committee decided Cabaye's actions were worth a
sending off and charged the Frenchman with violent conduct.
Key man: Cabaye has become an integral part of Alan Pardew's side
The 26-year-old faces a three-match ban
if he is subsequently convicted of the charge, with Newcastle well aware
that the penalty could be increased if his attempt to fight the
Cabaye would be a huge miss for Magpies boss Alan Pardew, particularly with regular central midfield partner Cheick Tiote still away on African Nations Cup duty with Ivory Coast.
The pair have played a major role in Newcastle's rise to sixth in the Barclays Premier League table and the absence of both at the same time would prove a significant loss.
Double blow: Midfield partner Tiote is already away at the Africa Cup of Nations
The France international joined the club in a 4.3million switch from French double winners Lille last summer and has been a big hit on Tyneside.
Indeed, along with team-mate Demba Ba, he has been described as one of the bargains of the season and has further enhanced the reputation of the club's recruitment team.
Cabaye's first season in England has not been without controversy, however, with the Frenchman having already served a one-match suspension for reaching five bookings and established a reputation for, at times, over-zealous tackling.