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Newcastle shovel snow off pitch before Leicester clash

Snow is cleared off the pitch at Newcastle. Credit: PA

Newcastle striker Papiss Cisse must have dug out his gloves and snood after looking out of the window this morning.

The Magpies have been forced to shovel snow off their St James' Park pitch after temperatures dropped below freezing overnight in the north of England.

Steve McClaren's side welcome Leicester on Saturday afternoon for whom Jamie Vardy is expected to return from injury, as he bids to equal Ruud van Nistlerooy's record of scoring in ten consecutive Premier League matches.


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Newcastle captain has red card overturned

Fabricio Coloccini was dismissed late in the first-half. Credit: PA

Newcastle have successfully appealed Fabricio Coloccini's red card in the Tyne-Wear derby, although the Football Association has charged the club with failing to control their players in the aftermath of that decision in the defeat to Sunderland.

Tempers frayed at the Stadium of Light after the Magpies captain was given a straight red card in first-half injury time, having appeared to bundle over Sunderland striker Steven Fletcher as he raced towards goal.

Newcastle lodged an appeal after the 3-0 loss for wrongful dismissal - something the FA accepted, meaning Coloccini will now not have to serve a one-match ban.

The club have, though, been charged with failing to control their players after they furiously harangued referee Robert Madley.

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