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By ESPN Staff

Cahill appeal over red card fails

Everton's appeal against Tim Cahill's red card in Sunday's 3-1 win over Newcastle has been rejected.

The club appealed after the Australia international was dismissed following an altercation with Magpies midfielder Yohan Cabaye at the full-time whistle.

However, the club have confirmed, via their website, they have been unsuccessful and Cahill will now serve a three-match ban at the start of next season.

Cahill has accepted the ban but has accused Cabaye of using language which has "no place either on or off the football pitch''.

Cahill has issued a statement in which he said: "I accept my three-match ban. My reaction at the end of the game was out of character but I was disgusted at comments made to me by Cabaye. I don't wish to elaborate on the exact detail of what was said - but his words have no place either on or off the football pitch.

"Cabaye has apologised via his club's website and as far as I am concerned the matter is now closed.''

Cabaye, who was cautioned by referee Andre Marriner, had issued an apology on Newcastle's website at the weekend.

"I would like to apologise for the cross words I exchanged with Tim Cahill which resulted in his red card and my booking on the final whistle,'' he said.

"It was unnecessary and, regrettably, the result of frustration and disappointment, all in the heat of the moment. It is out of character and for that I am sorry.'

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