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5 March 2013 14:11

Cheikh Tiote says he is a victim of his reputation after he was booked 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 did not touch the Swansea midfielder.

Tiote has vowed to improve his disciplinary record, hoping it means he can lose his reputation for indiscipline.

"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 earned 37 yellow cards in just over two-and-a-half seasons in the English Premier League.

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