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Slimani’s Newcastle career could be over already

Islam Slimani’s career at Newcastle United could be over already if the English Football Association decide to take retrospective action against the striker for kicking West Bromwich Albion defender Craig Dawson.

Slimani kicks Dawson

The 29-year-old striker was involved in an off the ball incident where he appeared to kick Dawson on purpose, which the referee didn’t see during yesterday’s Premier League game.

Slimani has had a very unsuccessful loan spell so far with the Magpies, making just one start and four appearances in total with no goals scored.

A retrospective ban by the FA would give the Algerian international a three match ban, and with just three matches of the season remaining, this means Slimani’s 2017/18 club season would be already over.

Having joined on loan from Leicester in January, Rafa Benitez signed Slimani on loan until the end of the season in order to help keep the club in the Premier League.

And with that target now achieved, Newcastle have been relatively coasting through games in their last couple of performances which could have frustrated Slimani.

However, there is no excuse for violence and Slimani will have to accept the ban should the FA decide to take action. He is setting a bad example to people looking up to him,

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