NEWCASTLE will not appeal Cheick Tiote’s dismissal at Sunderland – and the midfielder is set for a European role for the Magpies.
The midfielder will now sit out the club’s next three Premier League games – against West Brom, Liverpool and West Ham – through suspension.
With Alan Pardew’s side leading by Yohan Cabaye’s third-minute strike, Tiote was red-carded for a high challenge on Steven Fletcher in the 25th minute.
While Pardew felt the decision from referee Martin Atkinson was “harsh”, he refused to criticise Atkinson.
Tiote is likely to feature in Newcastle’s home and away Europa League games against Club Brugge while he serves his domestic suspension.
“I thought (the sending off) was a bit harsh, but we accept it,” Pardew said. “I’m not going to say any more than that. He got sent off, and that’s it.”
Pardew sent on James Perch later in the half, and the utility player impressed alongside Cabaye in the centre of midfield.
Vurnon Anita, signed from Ajax in the summer, was another option for Pardew, who wanted to send on a player with experience of a North East derby.
“I think it was important it was someone who knew the game,” said Pardew. “I could’ve brought (Vurnon) Anita on. He might have kept the ball a bit better for us. But it was really going to be Perchie’s day with his tackling and heading and digging in.
“His discipline was of the highest order.”