Babayaro appeal to be heard

Newcastle defender Celelstine Babayaro will have his appeal against his red card at Aston Villa heard on Thursday.

The 27-year-old Nigerian was dismissed for a professional foul on Villa striker Milan Baros 61 minutes into Saturday’s 2-1 Barclays Premiership in the midlands.

Having already been banned in retrospect for a clash with Everton midfielder Tim Cahill earlier this season, Babayaro now faces a two-match suspension if he is unsuccessful.

“Celestine Babayaro’s case will be heard on Thursday,” an FA spokesman told PA Sport.

Babayaro, a £2.5m (€3.65m) signing from Chelsea, will miss Saturday’s FA Cup fifth-round clash with Southampton and the league game against Charlton next Wednesday if his appeal is rejected.

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