Newcastle United defender Mike Williamson has been charged with violent conduct by the FA, reports the Press Association.
The charge comes after referee Howard Webb reviewed video footage of an off-the-ball clash with Johan Elmander during the weekend’s 5-1 reverse to Bolton. If Williamson admits or is convicted of the charge he will be handed a three-match suspension.
Newcastle did not comment yesterday evening but are believed to be considering their options. With Fabricio Coloccini also suspended – also for a challenge on Elmander – Chris Hughton may be without his first-choice central defensive pairing for Sunday’s visit of Chelsea. Williamson and Coloccini have started all league games so far this season.
Spurs target Enrique.
Magpies left-back Jose Enrique is a January target for Tottenham Hotspur, according to Metro.
Spurs boss Harry Redknapp is a confirmed fan of the Spanish defender and his link-up play with Jonas Gutierrez, and believes Enrique could form a similarly potent partnership with Gareth Bale.
Tottenham will offer in the region of £8m for the 24-year-old but Chris Hughton will resists any attempts to lure the player away.
Magpie Judge refuses Nolan trial.
A judge in Newcastle has refused to try skipper Kevin Nolan because he supports Newcastle United, reports the Northern Echo.
Judge Stephen Earl was set to hear Nolan’s trial for a speeding charge just before Christmas but has said he would not feel comfortable doing so as he is a regular at St James’s Park.
Speaking at an administration hearing at North Shields Magistrates’ Court, Judge Earl said: “I am not willing to do the trial. Since I do go and watch them, it may seem biased if I was to try the case.”
Earl had no problem, however, hearing Newcastle legend Paul Gascoigne’s recent drink-driving case or another trial involving former Magpies striker Obafemi Martins.