Newcastle United 'dismayed' by Senegal's ban for Papiss Cisse

Newcastle 'angered' by Cisse ban
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Newcastle United blast the Senegal Football Federation for invoking FIFA's five-day rule, which has banned Papiss Cisse from competing against Swansea City today.

Newcastle United have released a statement expressing their 'anger' at the Senegal Football Federation after they invoked FIFA's five-day rule after striker Papiss Cisse missed out on his nation's friendly in midweek.

The governing body have claimed that the Magpies did not provide sufficient information regarding the back injury that put Cisse out of contention to perform for his national team.

Due to this, Senegal have invoked the five-day rule, which has banned Cisse from today's Premier League clash against Swansea City.

The statement on the club's official website said: "Newcastle United is dismayed and angry at the position adopted by the Senegalese Federation, and supported by FIFA, which means that Papiss Cisse is unable to play any part in today's Premier League fixture against Swansea City.

"The club was not prepared to allow Papiss to travel to Niger as this would have been detrimental to his clinical condition. It is the opinion of the club that it is wrong and wholly unjust for a national association to behave in this manner and for FIFA to endorse their stance and automatically apply the sanction without taking into account the specific facts of the case.

"The club is disappointed, although not in any way surprised, that FIFA has disregarded its submissions and valid points in relation to this matter and instead have supported a national association which ignored repeated attempts by the club to engage with them and, furthermore, insisted on a course of action which would have had a detrimental impact on the player's physical condition."

The 27-year-old moved to St James' Park earlier this year.

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