Tiote protests innocence
Newcastle confirm they will appeal Cheik Tiote's dismissal in the 3-1 FA Cup defeat to Stevenage.
Last Updated: 10/01/11 1:23pm
Newcastle are to appeal Cheik Tiote's sending-off in their 3-1 defeat by Stevenage in the third round of the FA Cup on Saturday with the player claiming the referee made a "mistake".
The Ivory Coast midfielder was shown a straight red card by referee Andre Marriner for a lunging tackle on Jon Ashton in the 71st minute at Broadhall Way.
That made a bad day even worse for Newcastle and manager Alan Pardew with the club crashing out of the competition to a side languishing in 15th place in League Two.
But Tiote told the Newcastle Chronicle: "For my red card, I didn't think I touched the player, only the ball.
"Maybe the referee made a mistake because I didn't touch the player."
Tiote, who has impressed for the Magpies following his summer move from FC Twente, is currently set to miss Premier League matches against Sunderland, Tottenham and Fulham.
However, should the appeal prove unsuccessful a further one-match ban could be added to that tally, meaning Tiote could also miss the home clash with Arsenal.