Some great news to report this afternoon, with it being confirmed that Kenedy will NOT face retrospective action following his kick out in Saturday’s 0-0 draw with Cardiff.
This means the Brazilian will escape a three-game ban (which would’ve seen him miss the League Cup trip to Forest and our trip to Man City), however he will still be unavailable to play on Sunday – with us facing his parent club Chelsea at St James’ Park.
Given it was a clear kick out way after the ball was played, you may wonder how on earth he’s escaped punishment..
It’s a good question, but here’s an explanation:
Finally some good news for Chelsea loanee Kenedy – I’m told he won’t face a ban for his off-the-ball kick vs Cardiff. FA asked the question but officials said incident was seen & free-kick was awarded at the time #cfc #nufc
— Liam Twomey (@liam_twomey) August 20, 2018
The 22-year old clearly had a kick at Victor Camarasa, but it seems referee Craig Pawson saw it at the time and mentioned the incident in his post-match report, with this appearing to be the reason he blew for a free kick quickly after it happened during the first half.
He’s admitted he saw it at the time and did give a free-kick, but how he didn’t brandish a red card is quite unbelievable if this is the case.
We’ve got away with one here – not that I’m complaining!