Newcastle star Tiote: I get booked because of my reputation

The Magpies midfielder was left frustrated after he picked up his 11th yellow card of the season in the loss to Swansea in harsh circumstances after a challenge with Nathan Dyer
Cheikh Tiote believes he is a victim of his own reputation after he picked up a booking against Swansea despite having made no contact with his opponent.

The Newcastle midfielder was shown a yellow card for a challenge on Nathan Dyer but replays showed the Ivory Coast international didn't make any contact with the Swans midfielder.

Despite his anger at the situation, Tiote has vowed to improve his disciplinary record, hoping it means he can lose his reputation.

"I don’t know why I was booked. I tried to take the ball but I didn’t touch anyone," he told reporters.

"The referee made a decision though and I have to accept that.

"I think sometimes I get punished because people know I have a lot of bookings already in England. I think sometimes this happens. On Saturday I wasn’t at fault but I got a booking.

"That’s football though, I just need to concentrate on my game and not let it affect me.

"I think my discipline is better now than last season. I need to keep doing the same things and to continue to improve in that way."

The 26-year-old has been tagged with a reputation as a tough-tackler after having earned a whopping 37 yellow cards in just over two-and-a-half seasons in the Premier League.