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EPL Updates: Newcastle striker Cisse charged with violent conduct

December 30, 2014 09:59 IST

Papiss Demba Cisse of Newcastle United exchanges words with Seamus Coleman of Everton

Papiss Demba Cisse of Newcastle United exchanges words with Seamus Coleman of Everton. Photograph: Mark Runnacles/Getty Images

Newcastle United striker Papiss Cisse has been charged with violent conduct, the FA said in a statement on Monday referring to an incident in the Premier League match against Everton.

The charge, which could lead to a three-match ban, came after a video review panel re-examined footage during which Cisse elbowed defender Seamus Coleman at St James' Park on Sunday.

The incident was unseen by the match officials.

Everton manager Roberto Martinez called the failure to punish Cisse ‘unacceptable’, saying the Senegalese attempted to ‘hurt’ Coleman.

Cisse equalised a minute later for Newcastle who went on to win 3-2.

"Those are not actions we want to see on a football pitch and the referee should have seen it," Martinez said.

West Brom axe coach Irvine after poor start

Alan Irvine manager of West Bromwich Albion

Alan Irvine manager of West Bromwich Albion. Photograph: Paul Thomas/Getty Images

English Premier League strugglers West Bromwich Albion have sacked head coach Alan Irvine, the club announced on their website late on Monday.

The Midlands club made the move following a run of seven losses in their past nine games, a series of results that has caused them to slide to 16th place, just one point above the relegation zone.

Irvine becomes the second managerial casualty in three days after relegation-threatened CrystalPalace dumped Neil Warnock on Saturday.

And with Alan Pardew in line to swap Newcastle for Palace, the Premier League managerial merry-go-round has suddenly gathered pace after an unusually quiet start to the season in which nobody was fired for the first four months.

Irvine is the third head coach dismissed by West Brom in little over 12 months, following the short reigns of Steve Clarke and Pepe Mel.

His fate was sealed after a 2-0 away defeat against Stoke on Sunday, which followed a 3-1 home loss to ManchesterCity two days earlier.

Irvine was surprise choice when he was hired as West Brom manager in June this year after the 56-year-old Scot had spent the previous three seasons as youth team coach at Everton.

Bookmakers have installed former Tottenham Hotspur manager Tim Sherwood as favourite to succeed Irvine with ex-Stoke and CrystalPalace boss Tony Pulis close behind in the betting.

West Brom travel to West Ham on New Year's Day with Rob Kelly, helped by fellow assistant head coach Keith Downing, in caretaker charge.

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