Newcastle United briefing: Jonjo Shelvey 'victim' speaks out, Aleksandar Mitrovic, Cardiff allocation

Jonjo Shelvey
Jonjo Shelvey

Another day and yet more Newcastle United related news.

This time we've got some juicy stuff from the man Jonjo Shelvey was found guilty of racially abusing as well as some interesting tales regarding Aleksandar Mitrovic and the Cardiff City ticket allocation.

Shelvey victim speaks out

The Express & Star have spoken to the Romain Saiss, the man who Jonjo Shelvey was found guilty of racially abusing back in September.

And he seems like he was happy with the lengthy ban dished out to the United man by the FA...

"I think this word has no place in football or life," he said.

Grant Hanley has revealed his frustrations.

Grant Hanley has revealed his frustrations.

"I think the FA did their job and now for me it's finished. I'm okay and smiling (now)."

Hanley keen to play his part

Grant Hanley is ready to put a frustrating start to life at Newcastle behind him by playing a key role in getting United’s promotion job done.

The Scotland international’s Birmingham City appearance was just his third Championship start since his £5million switch from Blackburn Rovers last summer.

Could this man be on the move?

Could this man be on the move?

And the central defender admits this campaign has been far from ideal, having given up a regular starting spot and the captain’s armband at Ewood Park.

But he’s drawn a line in the sand. He knows that his own personal struggles will matter little if he can help the Magpies secure promotion back to the Premier League.

Full story here.

Mitrovic exit?

Well, according to most of the Serbian media Aleksandar Mitrovic could be off to Aston Villa in the summer for £20million.

The problem is that most of them have been duped by a transfer rumours site.

This is not the first time, nor will it be the last.

At least it isn't as bad as Sky Sports January window blooper, reporting that Yerdas Selsavon was signing for Aberdeen, which was tweeted by a fake reporter account.

'Yer Da sells Avon' being a well used derogatory term north of the border.

Weekend Wigan whistler named

David Coote will referee this weekend's Sky Bet Championship game against Wigan.

His record of taking charge of NUFC games doesn't bode well for Rafa Benitez & Co. He was the man in the middle for the FA Cup loss at Oxford, as well as the home defeat to Blackburn last year.

Keith Stroud will be the ref for Burton next Wednesday.

Ex-hero backs Rafa but issues word of warning for owner

Former midfielder and coach Terry McDermott believes manager Rafa Benitez and Newcastle United are a 'match made in heaven'.

But the Scouser, who had four spells at St James's Park, twice as a player and twice as a coach, thinks things will only work if owner Mike Ashley backs Benitez in the summer transfer market.

Allocation confusion

Yesterday the internet was rife with rumours that Newcastle had requested an allocation of 10,000 for the final away game of the season at Cardiff.

That has now been confirmed to be untrue.

The Magpies have initially been allocated around 3,400 tickets for the Friday night (April 28) fixture.

'Initially' suggests more could be in the offing, provided United, as expected, sell out.

St James's struggles not up to scratch

With eight games remaining Newcastle are within touching distance of the Championship title.

But midfielder Isaac Hayden says the second tier table-toppers must get their home form in order, if they want to be lifting the trophy on May 7.

Five of United’s remaining eight games are on Tyneside, starting with Wigan Athletic on Saturday.

And while many may see that as a blessing, for United, who have been far better on their travels this campaign, it could prove Rafa Benitez’s men’s poisoned chalice.