Just when it looked like things couldn’t get any worse at Newcastle, because Papiss Cisse has apologized to Jonny Evans after last night’s game the FA could now bad him for seven games if they found he spit at Evans, and if that happens – who will score the goals for Newcastle?
Jonny Evans and Papiss Cisse last night
The Senegal striker has just issued this statement:
“I have apologies to make to a lot of people today. Firstly to my team-mates and to our supporters, secondly to Jonny Evans, and thirdly to every football fan who saw the incident between myself and Jonny.”
“I reacted to something I found very unpleasant. Sometimes it is hard not to react, particularly in the heat of the moment. I have always tried hard to be a positive role model, especially for our young fans, and yesterday I let you down.”
“I hope children out there playing football for their clubs and schools this weekend will know better than to retaliate when they are angry. Perhaps when they see the problem it now causes me and my team, they will be able to learn from my mistake, not copy it.”
Papiss never mentions that he does any spitting there – just his bad reaction to the incident – and maybe it was a PR move after Jonny Evans had issued a statement this morning saying he hadn’t spit at Papiss.
Notice Papiss doesn’t make that same claim in his statement. 🙁
The Manchester United defender moved quickly in issuing this statement:
“Having woken up this morning (hey – so did I), I am shocked to have seen the media coverage from last night’s match. I would like to make it clear that I did not spit at Papiss Cisse.”
“I was totally unaware of any spitting incident and had assumed that the issue at the time was with the challenge and his attempted retaliation to the tackle from the floor.
“During the game, Papiss Cisse and I spoke about the incident and it is clear by my reaction in the television footage that I was totally surprised by any suggestion of spitting.”
“It is not in my character or in my nature to spit at anybody, nor is it something I have ever done or would ever do. It is certainly not something that I did last night.”
That statement seems to suggest that Papiss didn’t spit either.
If Papiss is investigated by the FA and found guilty of spitting then it’s a mandatory six-game ban.
But Cisse has already served a three-match ban for violent conduct this season, when the Newcastle striker elbowed Everton defender Seamus Coleman during Newcastle’s 3-2 victory in the final game under manager Alan Pardew in late December.
And punishment dished out this time will probably get at least one more match added on.
And we thought things at Newcastle with our acute shortage of players could even be getting better.
Maybe Cisse will not be charged because this has all been drummed up by the press last night and today.
But after we put out this article the FA has issued charges against both Cisse and Evans. 🙁
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