Newcastle boss Pardew explains not fining Ba

Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew has decided not to fine Demba Ba after touting himself to Arsenal in France.

Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew has decided not to fine Demba Ba after touting himself to Arsenal in France.

Pardew is content that the tenor of it was less contentious than at first met the eye.

He said: "I have had to because it was quoted in England not correctly, and that's unfair on Demba and unfair on us.

"There will be no disciplinary procedure against him. There was one procedural matter where he could have informed us and should have, really, but that's neither here nor there.

"The most important thing for me is that the content of that conversation was about trying to turn the situation around, like all of us.

"We are professional people, we want to win. That's what we are paid for and I have got no problem with anything he said in that interview."

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