If the referee had shown a red card, Yanga-Mbiwa would be sitting out today's fixture at West Ham.
Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini claimed Yanga-Mbiwa should have been dismissed for the tackle, which left the forward facing eight weeks on the sidelines with knee ligament damage.
Alan Pardew: “Apologising, the way he’s done it, is the right way to do it.
“I don’t think it will affect him. He’ll be fine.
"He’s a strong character.
“Mapou’s sent a letter to Nasri. There was no malicious intent. He’s his fellow player in the national side.
“I think if you break a player’s leg, that’s different.
“The player will be psychologically affected.
“No player goes out to hurt another one. In Mapou’s case, I don’t think that was the case.
“He genuinely tried to stop play. He did it in a robust way, and he’s got injured.”