Ginola urges forgiveness, Borini spoil sport, Di Canio hostile reception - Newcastle and Sunderland morning news

Steve Harper

Here's all the latest on Newcastle United and Sunderland football clubs.

The Metro reports that Newcastle United legend David Ginola has urged fans to forgive Yohan Cabaye after his behaviour last month when he allegedly went on strike to force a move through a move to Arsenal.

Ginola told the paper: 'He’s a great player – he’s done really good for the club. You have to put things in perspective. Sometimes you make a mistake and you have to be forgiven for that.'

Last night saw Steve Harper's testimonial take place at St James' Park where a team of Newcastle legends took on a collection of AC Milan legends, including Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio, who got the expected hostile reception for the home crowd.

The Journal reports that Steve Harper was humbled by the response of Newcastle supporters.

He said: 'They have come along to see some of the greats of the modern era and they saw all of them. It was great for everyone to be out there and I’m humbled by the turn out in my dressing room, the AC Milan dressing room and most of all by the supporters'.

In the meantime, new Sunderland striker Fabio Borini has backed his side to spoil Mesut Özil's debut at Arsenal.

The Hartlepool Mail reports that the striker wants to make an immediate impact for his news side, Borini said: 'There will obviously be a lot of hype around him. But maybe that will be good because no-one will be focusing on us.'

The newspaper also reports that manager Paolo Di Canio will have striker Jozy Altidore at his disposal again after the American missed the game against Crystal Palace with a hamstring injury, Steven Fletcher could also be in line to make his first start of the season.

image: © mikebrown59

Register for NEWCASTLE UNITED team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch