x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 16 January 2018

Styles sitting in dock over Beye

Referee Rob Styles has agreed to look again at the dismissal of Newcastle defender Habib Beye.

Newcastle players surround referee Rob Styles.
Newcastle players surround referee Rob Styles.

NEWCASTLE // Referee Rob Styles has agreed to look again at the dismissal of Newcastle defender Habib Beye after an incident-packed game at St James' Park on Monday night. Magpies manager Joe Kinnear confirmed after his side's 2-2 draw with Manchester City that the official will study replays of the 12th-minute decision which saw Beye sent off for a trip on Robinho in the penalty area. A decision will me made tomorrow as to whether or not to rescind the red card.

Television replays showed that Beye had played the ball, and Kinnear wasted little time in speaking to Styles, who issued an apology after reviewing a penalty decision he gave against Bolton's Jlloyd Samuel during his side's 2-0 defeat at Manchester United last month. Kinnear said: "I have had a chat with him and he is prepared to have a look at it, and he will let me know what his views are. "He is such an honest kid, the lad who made the tackle. He said to me, 'Gaffer, I swear to God, I got the ball first'."

Newcastle looked finished when Robinho buried his spot-kick but Shola Ameobi bundled home his first league goal in two years to level the scores. City captain Richard Dunne then conceded an own goal but Steven Ireland poked home the equaliser. Meanwhile Slaven Bilic has insisted that he has no interest in replacing under-fire coach Juande Ramos at Tottenham. Bilic would be a name in the frame should Ramos pay the price for leading Spurs to their worst-ever league start.

But he told the BBC: "I've been linked with many clubs in England and all I can say is that it is flattering. But I have my job with Croatia and that's all I'm concentrating on." And Portsmouth manager Harry Redknapp has put veteran centre-back Sol Campbell's return to top form down to soft food and soft hands. Campbell, 34, is now allowed to skip Monday morning training, have a plate of scrambled eggs in the club canteen for breakfast and then go to the physio's room for a massage.

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