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18 October 2012 03:03
Cheik Tiote, Demba Ba and Papiss Demba Cisse are back from an African riot - and ready to battle Sunderland.

The trio returned to training on Tyneside yesterday after being given a short break in the wake of the ugly scenes that marred their African Cup of Nations play-off.

Alan Pardew: “We’ve given them a couple of days off, but they’re due in.

“I haven’t spoken to them about the incident in the game, as such.

“Obviously, I will have a conversation with all three about how they found it.

“Hopefully, they’re not too upset by what went on.”

The match was abandoned in the 78th minute, with Ivory Coast leading 2-0 on the night thanks to two goals from Drogba, whose second strike sparked the violence.

The disqualification ensures Ba and Cisse will not have to attend the tournament.

Source: Newcastle United Mad