Van Persie avoids FA charge

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Robin van Persie will not face an FA charge for elbowing Yohan Cabaye during Manchester United's 3-0 win over Newcastle yesterday.

The Dutchman seemed to catch Cabaye in the face when the pair came toghether in the second half, with referee Howard Webb missing the incident.

The Manchester United striker will not face an FA charge however after it was confirmed Webb had reviewed the incident and deemed it not to be an act of violent conduct. Newcastle's Chiek Tiote also avoided FA action after he appeared to stamp on Tom Cleverley's leg during the game.

The news will come as a relief for United boss Sir Alex Ferguson, who has more than enough absentees through injury at present without his in-form striker being forced to miss games.

Aside from the Van Persie incident, Manchester United were in rampant form at St. James' Park, with goals from Jonny Evans and Patrice Evra putting the Red Devils into a commanding position in the first half.

Newcastle rose to the challenge in the second half but couldn't stop Sir Alex Ferguson's side grabbing a third, with Tom Cleverley's cross-cum-shot drifting into the net past Newcastle 'keeper Steve Harper.

After the game, Newcastle boss Alan Pardew admonished Van Persie's actions, and said the Manchester United forward should face disciplinary action from the FA.

"He's looked at Yohan and he's elbowed him," said Pardew. "That needs to be looked at. There was a bit of history last year [when Newcastle lost at Arsenal]. I don't know if Robin's got caught up in that. There was a bit of unsavouriness in the game. I actually thought Yohan wouldn't have gone down if he hadn't done something.

"I didn't see it myself but I have looked at it on the replay and it looks like he's looked at him and then put his elbow there. That is for them to look at [the FA], not me."

With the 3-0 win over Newcastle, Manchester United are now up to second in the Premier League, four points behind league leaders Chelsea.

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