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Dental row keeps Newcastle star grounded

Post  1892NUFF on Wed Jul 20, 2011 11:14 pm

Newcastle's summer signing Yohan Cabaye was denied a visa for the club's pre-season tour of the USA because of a row over an unpaid dental bill.

The 25-year-old Frenchman, a £4.8 million arrival from Lille, was prevented from entering the country after being accused of failing to pay for dentistry work completed in the States while he was playing for Lille.

Cabaye insisted that he did pay the bill and Newcastle eventually got the ruling overturned, but by that stage it was too late for him to join up with the squad.

"It was a minor incident involving a bill. He claims he paid it and they claim he didn't," explained Newcastle manager Alan Pardew.

"It's one of those things but it became very frustrating.

"There was no talking them around and, unfortunately, the process was too long for us to rectify it.

"It would have been great to get him integrated with the group because he's a class act."

Two other Newcastle players – Joey Barton and Nile Ranger – were also prevented from travelling as they have criminal records.

Barton's application was rejected because of his spell behind bars for assault while Ranger was convicted for his part in a street robbery as a 15-year-old.

Newcastle kick off their US tour on Wednesday with a clash against Sporting Kansas City at Livestrong Sporting Park.

They will continue their preparations when they face Orlando City on Sunday and Columbus Crew next Tuesday.

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