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Newcastle boss Pardew calls for Robin van Persie elbow inquiry

Updated: Monday, 08 Oct 2012 17:29 | Comments

Robin van Persie and Yohan Cabaye have to be separated by referee Howard Webb Newcastle were well beaten by Manchester United at St James' Park
Robin van Persie and Yohan Cabaye have to be separated by referee Howard Webb Newcastle were well beaten by Manchester United at St James' Park

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has accused Robin van Persie of elbowing Yohan Cabaye and wants the Football Association to look at the incident where they clashed in Manchester United's win at St James' Park.

Pardew was left fuming by a late off-the-ball clash between United's Dutch striker and France international Cabaye which went unseen by referee Howard Webb.

Pointing the finger of blame at Van Persie, who was involved in a spat with Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul last season, Pardew said: "He has looked at Yohan and he has elbowed him, and I think that perhaps needs to be looked at, if I am honest.

"There's a bit of history from last year and I don't know if Robin has been caught up in that, but that was just a little bit unsavoury.

"I actually thought Yohan wouldn't have gone down if he hadn't done something.

"I didn't see it myself, but I have obviously seen it on the replay and it looks like he has looked at him and put his elbow there."

United won 3-0 with goals from defenders Jonny Evans and Patrice Evra and midfielder Tom Cleverley.

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