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Not in the league or the cups. Shame really, I'd have felt confident if he was lining up against us because he's a liability, can't keep the ball and an open passage to their defence.


Newcastle United have taken a hard line with Nicky Butt after allowing the England midfielder to join Birmingham City on loan this week.


It is common practice for clubs not to allow players on loan to face their former sides in the Premiership and Butt will not be in the Birmingham line-up when they travel to St James' Park on November 5 and in the return at St Andrews in April.


But United chairman Freddy Shepherd has gone one step further and told fellow Geordie Steve Bruce that Butt will not be allowed to play against United should the two teams be drawn together in either the FA Cup or Carling Cup.


Having said that, some United fans may feel that the way Butt played during much of his unhappy 12-month stint on Tyneside, United would be better off letting him play against them.


Certainly, United have learned their lesson from when they allowed Lomana LuaLua to play for Portsmouth when he was on loan at Fratton Park in February 2004 and he scored a late equaliser.


Since then the rules have been changed and it was only when the Chronicle revealed in June that Laurent Robert would not be playing in either Premiership game against United this season that the penny dropped that the enigmatic French winger was actually on loan at Portsmouth.


Naturally, clubs cannot stop players who have been sold on a permanent transfer playing against them in the Premiership and both Aaron Hughes and Andy O'Brien will line up against United this season after their respective moves to Aston Villa and Portsmouth.


But, at the same time, I would be surprised if Jermaine Jenas lined up against United at Highbury a week tomorrow should he move to Arsenal this week.

Edited by ohmelads
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