Bellamy hearing deadline today

Last updated : 28 March 2003 By Martyn Elliott

It is widely predicted that Newcastle will ask for a hearing as this would put any suspension off until after the Manchester United game.

Arsenal have been particularly adept at manipulating the system to avoid players being suspended for big games over the past couple of years, so this looks to be a perfectly legitimate ploy.

Sir Bobby is also hoping that Bellamy will be let off with a fine and reprimand as (believe it or not) his disciplinary record in domestic football is pretty good.

But with Bellamy seemingly having major problems thinking before speaking you have to wonder about the wisdom of seeking a personal hearing.