Cabaye hit with three-match suspension

The Football Association has confirmed that Newcastle United midfielder Yohan Cabaye will face a three-game suspension.

The Frenchman was charged with violent conduct after catching Brighton and Hove Albion defender Adam El-Abd in the face with his boot during the Magpies' FA Cup defeat to the Championship outfit last weekend.

The 26-year-old will now miss Wednesday’s trip to Blackburn Rovers coupled with the Premier League encounters against Aston Villa and Tottenham Hotspur.

"At a Regulatory Commission hearing, Newcastle Unitedhttp://static.lingospot.com/spot/image/spacer.gif midfielder Yohan Cabaye was given a three-match suspension for violent conduct," read a statement on the FA's official website.

"Cabaye was charged following an incident in Newcastle'shttp://static.lingospot.com/spot/image/spacer.gif FA Cup Fourth Round tie against Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday 28 January.

"The suspension will commence with immediate effect."

By Ben McAleer