Perhaps Tiote Should Read The Rule Book
Cheick Tiote believes that his reputation leads to unfair treatment from referees in the Premier League, yet some fans could argue he can be a liability at times.
Cheick Tiote believes that his reputation leads to unfair treatment from referees in the Premier League.
Tiote was booked for the 12th time this season in Saturday's 1-0 defeat to Swansea City, and it is something many of us have come to expect.
He has been booked 41 times since joining Newcastle in 2010.
He is a throw back to the 1970s, and it's always pleasing to see any Newcastle United player show the passion of 'Big Bad' John McNamee or Frank Clark.
But times have changed - and so have the rules.
Apparently, it is no longer acceptable to clatter a player 4ft in the air and leave him in a pile on the pitch.
The Ivory Coast international believes that he scarcely deserved last weekend's caution but has vowed not to let the decision affect his all-action style.
Cheick Tiote (told The Mirror): "I don't know why I was booked. I tried to take the ball but I didn't touch anyone.
"The referee made a decision though and I have to accept that.
"I think sometimes I get punished because people know I have a lot of bookings already in England.
"I think sometimes this happens. On Saturday I wasn't at fault but I got a booking.
"That's football though, I just need to concentrate on my game and not let it affect me.
"I think my discipline is better now than last season. I need to keep doing the same things and to continue to improve in that way."
Source: Newcastle United Mad
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