Papiss Cisse and Jonny Evans have both been charged by the FA for their confrontation in the 38th minute of last night’s game at St. James’ Park.
Papiss Cisse and Jonny Evans last night
This is the statement the FA have just released:
“Newcastle United’s Papiss Cisse and Manchester United’s Jonny Evans have both been charged by the FA following their game on Wednesday 4 March 2015.”
“The charges are in relation to an alleged breach of FA Rule E1[a] in that in or around the 38th minute of the game the two players spat at each other. The incidents were not seen by the match officials but caught on video. Both players have until 6pm on Friday 6 March 2015 to respond to the charge.”
“In Premier League matches, if an incident has not been seen by the match officials, a three-man panel of former elite referees will be asked by the FA to review the footage independently of each other.”
“They will then advise what, if any action, they believe the match referee should have taken had it been witnessed at the time. For an FA charge to follow, all three panel members must agree it is a sending-off offence. In this instance, the decision by the panel was unanimous in respect of both players.”
If found guilty of the offense, both players could receive a six man ban.
Cisse could get one match added to that, because he has already served a three-match ban for violent conduct this season, for elbowing Seamus Coleman in the Newcastle Everton game in late December.
There are only 10 games to play this season.
If Papiss Cisse is banned it will be interesting to find out how many matches Newcastle players have missed with injuries and suspensions this season.
That’s something Newcastle should find out and take measures to correct it for next season.
The run-in to this season is getting be as disastrous as it was last season.
If Cisse is banned then the chances of Newcastle finishing in the top ten must be extremely slim.
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