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FA charge Cisse with violent conduct after Coleman clash

Roberto Martinez claims that the striker deliberately tried to “hurt” the Irish defender during the game at St James’ Park

Updated at 17.20

NEWCASTLE UNITED STRIKER Papiss Cisse has been charged with violent conduct after clashing with Seamus Coleman on Sunday.

The Senegal international appeared to elbow Everton defender Coleman in the 29th minute of Newcastle’s 3-2 victory at St James’ Park, although he was not punished at the time as referee Craig Pawson did not see the incident.

However, Cisse will face retrospective action after the Football Association (FA) opened disciplinary proceedings on Monday.

The striker has until 6pm on Tuesday to respond to the charge and faces the prospect of a three-match suspension if found guilty.

That would see Cisse miss Newcastle’s Premier League games against Burnley and Chelsea, as well as the FA Cup third-round clash with Leicester City.

Roberto Martinez criticised the “unacceptable” decision not to punish Papiss Cisse for a “clear” elbow on Seamus Coleman in Everton’s 3-2 loss at Newcastle United.

With the visitors 1-0 ahead at St James’ Park on Sunday, Cisse floored Seamus Coleman in the Everton box – only to receive no reprimand.

Insult was then added to injury as Cisse levelled proceedings, after which goals from Ayoze Perez and Jack Colback put Newcastle 3-1 ahead.

Kevin Mirallas struck late on to set up a tense finale, yet the home side held on – much to Martinez’s dismay.

Speaking about the Cisse incident, the Everton boss told Sky Sports: “It is unacceptable to see an action like that go unpunished. It was a clear elbow to try to hurt someone.

“I don’t think those are actions we want to see. The referee should have seen it.”

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The loss was a third in a row for Everton, who will end 2014 sitting 12th in the table.
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Martinez added: “It’s concerning because we’re not in a good moment with suspensions and injuries.

“It seems everything that could have gone against us has. You don’t want that to creep in and create negative momentum.

“It’s one of those moments where the momentum is not with us. We need to make sure you work a little bit more in a clever manner and make sure we keep clean sheets.

“We need to just get a win that gets us going the right way again. It’s a real important moment to redirect our season.”

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