Newcastle United evening headlines: Leeds appeal decision, Magpies' statement, Chronicle defence

By Andrew Hankinson

Here is the latest Newcastle United news in your evening headlines for Tuesday, September 14,

Leeds appeal ban

Leeds United are hoping to have defender Pascal Struijk’s red card rescinded in time for Friday night’s match at Newcastle.

The Dutch defender was given a red card in Leeds’ 3-0 loss to Liverpool at Elland Road for a tackle on Harvey Elliott. The Liverpool youngster suffered a dislocated ankle and was expected to have surgery today.

Elliott defended Struijk on Instagram, commenting: "Wasn't his fault what so ever! Neither was it a red card, just a freak accident but these things happen in football.”

However, the red card means a three-match ban for the Leeds centre-back, who had only been on the pitch as a replacement for Diego Llorente, who went off injured. Robin Koch, another Leeds centre-back has also been out injured.

As a result, there is an eagerness by Leeds to get Struijk’s red card rescinded, and according to Leeds Live the club was submitting an appeal to the Football Association today.

Club statement parallel

In other Newcastle stories today, we looked at parallels between two club statements issued 13 years apart.

Club owner Mike Ashley bought Newcastle in May 2007, but after a dispute with Kevin Keegan and a lack of investment he issued a statement in September 2008 defending his business plan.

This summer, after another dismal transfer window, the club has released a statement once again, drawing comparisons.

Back in 2008 Ashley said: “It has to be realised that if I put £100 million into the club year in year out then it would not be too long before I was cleaned out and a debt ridden Newcastle United would find itself in the position that faced Leeds United.”

This Friday's game against Leeds is a stark reminder that things have not changed in 13 years, at least for Newcastle.

With the arbitration case postponed until next year, will fans be left waiting another decade until a new owner takes over at the helm? Read more about the two statements here.

Chronicle defended

Finally, Mark Douglas has defended the paper after it was criticised by Toon boss Steve Bruce for being too negative.

Having been asked about his preparation for the Manchester United match, which Newcastle lost 4-1, Bruce hit out at Chronicle Live during the press conference.

However, Douglas, having worked through the managerial reigns of Joe Kinnear and Alan Pardew, said it's nothing new.

He said: We've heard it all before - it's a bit like what happened towards the end of the Alan Pardew era where I heard very similar things, and again it was because the team wasn't winning.”

You can hear more on the Everything is Black and White podcast.


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