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ALAN PARDEW has hit out at TV an­chor­man Ray Stubbs for his part in the FA rap that could see Yo­han Cabaye ruled out for up to four games.

New­cas­tle have ap­pealed af­ter their French mid­fielder was hit with a vi­o­lent con­duct charge for clash­ing with Brighton’s Adam El-abd dur­ing the Ge­ordies’ 1-0 FA Cup de­feat.

Pardew reck­ons the in­ci­dent – missed by ref­eree Lee Probert – was blown out of pro­por­tion by ESPN’S cov­er­age, with the New­cas­tle boss claim­ing veteran EX-BBC broad­caster Stubbs made too much of the sec­ond-half flash­point.

The St James’ Park boss blasted: “I’m livid. Some­one men­tioned the TV cov­er­age to me and Ray Stubbs was so fe­ro­cious about it.

“I’m not talk­ing out of turn be­cause I’ve rung to tell him my feel­ings. He apol­o­gised. I make no bones about us­ing his name be­cause I think he was hon­ourable enough to say maybe he was wrong.

“His job is a pre­sen­ter. He asks ques­tions.

“When pro­fes­sion­als who are on that show both say, ‘it wasn’t a foul’, I don’t see why the de­bate has to carry on. He’s not the ex­pert, is he?”

Cabaye dis­cov­ers the re­sult of his ap­peal to­day so could miss the trip to Ewood Park.

Toon’s Sene­gal duo of 15-goal top scorer Demba Ba and £10mil­lion new sign­ing Papiss Cisse are out as they are not due back from African Cup of Na­tions duty un­til to­mor­row.

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