Newcastle's Yohan Cabaye banned over Adam El-Abd incident

Yohan Cabaye
Cabaye has been booked six times since his summer move from Lille

Newcastle's Yohan Cabaye has been banned for three games by the Football Association for violent conduct.

The Frenchman denied deliberately kicking out at Adam El-Abd during Newcastle's FA Cup fourth-round defeat by Brighton on Saturday.

Reacting to the verdict, Cabaye tweeted: "3 matchs ban it's a real injustice but life goes on !!! In my teammates i trust ..."external-link

He misses games against Blackburn, Aston Villa and Tottenham.

He contested the FA charge but a regulatory commission found him guilty.

Cabaye appeared to catch El-Abd in the face after kicking out following a challenge by the Brighton defender but match referee Lee Probert took no action at the time.

Newcastle said they would enlist the help of El-Abd before the commission after being contacted by the south coast club.

Manager Alan Pardew had been hopeful of getting the charge dismissed and said on Tuesday: "I had a call from the Brighton coaching team to suggest their player wants to support our player."

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