Papiss Cisse has accepted the FA charge that was issued against him earlier today, and the Newcastle striker has owned up to spitting on Jonny Evans in last night’s game against Manchester United.
No more of this for seven games
Papiss has already missed three games for violent conduct, after he elbowed Seamus Coleman and he was injured with his knee injury for pre-season and the first few weeks of the season.
The charge of spitting carries a suspension of at least six games – so that will mean he has been banned this season for at least nine games, and we would expect him to be fined by Newcastle United.
But it’s almost certain to be a seven game ban, with one game added because of his previous misdemeanor this season.
So he will only be available for Newcastle’s last three games of the season, and who is going to score the goals for Newcastle now – becomes a very good question?
Maybe Newcastle should have brought in a striker in the January transfer window and we don’t think there are many high class strikers available as free agents.
This is what Lee Charnley has said tonight:
“Both ourselves and Papiss agree that this kind of behavior is not acceptable.” “In life, when you do something wrong you have to front up, admit your mistakes and accept the punishment.
“Papiss was proactive this morning in making a full and heartfelt apology, which he did in advance of any notification from the FA regarding this charge.”
It will be interesting now to see how many points we can get in our last 10 games, but it’s going to be very difficult to make the top 10 – with Newcastle’s squad decimated even more by Cisse’s imminent suspension.
Ayoze Perez, Manu Riviere and Adam Armstrong are the three strikers we have available, and Ryan Taylor can rifle them in from free kicks.
This is another big blow to Newcastle, that’s for sure.
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