Newcastle United's boss Alan Pardew said on Thursday that he blocked the team's striker Papiss Cisse's call-up to play with the Senegal Olympic team this month for the player's own safety.
The Senegal Football association wanted to name Newcastle's goal machine in their squad for the Olympics as one of the country's over-age players.
The 27-year-old striker joined Newcastle last January and he made a strong impression on his first appearance in the Premier League, scoring 13 goals in 14 games.
"It was more the owners, really, who have to pay the guy's money," Alan Pardew was quoted as saying by Sky Sports.
"He had a full first half in Germany, he had the African Nations Cup, he had the second half of the season in his first year in the Premier League. He then had qualifying games, they want him again for the African Nations and they wanted him for the Olympics, and that was stretching it a little bit.
"As much as I feel for Papiss, because I am sure he would have wanted to play - he's not back yet, he's due back later this week - we have to make a call for his own health. I am sure he has got pressure from within the country for him to play and we have to release that pressure for him because physically, he couldn't do that. It's impossible."
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