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Newcastle star disciplined for no-shows

Arsenal tried to buy Cabaye.  (©GettyImages)
Arsenal tried to buy Cabaye. (©GettyImages).

Yohan Cabaye has been disciplined by Newcastle United for missing the first three games of the club's season.

The French international refused to turn out for Newcastle's opening two Premier League games - against West Ham and Man City - as well as the League Cup tie at Morecambe.

The no-shows from the 27-year-old were an attempt to force a move to Arsenal, who had a bid of £10.2 million rejected out of hand with the Magpies insisting they would accept nothing less £20 million.

Arsenal did not return with a new bid and a lack of interest from anywhere else meant Cabaye had to stay put at St James' Park.

And after an apology from the player to the fans on Monday, manager Alan Pardew has announced that Cabaye was also disciplined for his behaviour.

“He has been disciplined for his action," said Pardew.

“He has accepted it and we move on. It was accepted in good faith.

“His performance last week spoke a thousand words. It is about performances. Newcastle fans want to see him pull on the shirt and perform.”

Newcastle take on Hull City at home on Saturday and Pardew is hoping that Pappis Cisse will be able to end his goal drought - which stretches all the way back to April - but knows that Steve Bruce's side present a tough test.

“That [Cisse's drought] is a concern," he added.

“We have worked hard to find avenues for him to find that goal. Hopefully we can create more opportunities.

“But it will be tough for him if he doesn't get it. We have competition for places.”

“I think all the promoted clubs have done well and have bought well. What Steve has done was unbelievable and nobody fancied them. They are ahead of schedule.”

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