Newcastle news

Yohan Cabaye hit with fine

September 19, 2013
By Kristan Heneage

Alan Pardew has confirmed midfielder Yohan Cabaye has been fined by the club after he refused to play at the start of the season.

The French international was subject to a bid from Arsenal in the summer, understood to be in the region of £10 million. Instantly rejected by the Magpies and considered derisory by club officials, Cabaye refused to play for the club in a bid to force through a move to the Emirates.

However, the Gunners interest in Cabaye quickly cooled and he ultimately ended the window at St James' Park.

Welcomed back into the side as a substitute against Fulham, he earned his first start against Aston Villa last week, with Pardew confirming the issue has now been put to bed as Cabaye looks to get back to full fitness.

Speaking to the club's official website, Pardew said: "He's also been disciplined for his actions this week and he accepted it in good faith. As far as I'm concerned I think it would be nice this week if our 52,000 give him the support he now deserves for at least apologising for that and taking the punishment that came with it.

"Its a signal to players here and players elsewhere that until a contract is signed with another club there is a responsibility with the club you're at. He's a fantastic player not just for us but also France and I know he's going to have a fantastic season.

"His performance last week [against Aston Villa] spoke a thousand words. He didn't really need to do that to win over the fans and i think his endeavour he was our top coverage in running last week and that shows where he was at considering he hasn't played for a while. Newcastle fans want to see him pull on the shirt and perform. I just want Yohan to perform to the best of his abilities ,trust me he's a fabulous player and important to us."

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