Newcastle’s Forthright Statement Will Help Papiss Cisse

Newcastle were wise to put out a statement of their own after Papiss Cisse essentially admitted his guilt at spitting at Manchester United defender Jonny Evans on Wednesday night at St. James’ Park.

lee charnley close-up

Lee Charnley – issued excellent statement from Newcastle United
After Papiss apologized – seemingly to everybody affected by the incident including any children watching the altercation, he put himself in a good light by accepting the FA Charge that was made against him yesterday.

On the other hand Jonny Evans has denied he did  anything wrong, and has been back up by Red Devils boss Louis van Gaal.

This is the full and excellent statement that Managing Director Lee Charnley issued last night on the Newcastle United web-site:

“Both ourselves and Papiss agree that this kind of behaviour 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.”

“This was something he felt strongly about and we fully support him in quickly accepting the charge.” “Papiss is known to many of our region’s schools, community groups and junior football teams for his involvement in the work of the Newcastle United Foundation.”

“He has this evening expressed to us his strong desire to engage in additional community activities during the period of his ban.”

“He is particularly keen to use his position as a role model to encourage young and influential fans to engage in sport and learn lessons about the importance of fair play and personal conduct.”

It’s very good and reflects very well on Papiss Cisse as a man that he will do extra community work with the Newcastle United Foundation during his ban.

Given the good work that Papiss will be doing during his ban, that could even offset the extra game he is likely to get because of his previous three game ban for elbowing Seamus Coleman in the Everton game in late December.

Maybe he will now only get a six game ban after all,  after being so contrite and forthright, and Cisse has quickly  fessed up to what he has done.

And Newcastle United have also shown they have been forthright and honest with the FA – and that will only help Papiss Cisse.

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72 comments so far

  • stuart no9

    Mar 6, 2015 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #1

    Let’s see what poor little Jonny has got to say for himself now .

  • hibbit

    Mar 6, 2015 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #2

    ed don’t kid yourself there’s only one man driving this bus thats mike ashley everybody else is just there for show so if he want’s carver then carver it will be no one else matters to this hartless man mike ashleys motto is … myself and i

  • lochinvar

    Mar 6, 2015 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #3

    Ed “Evans has denied he has done anything wrong ? ” and is backed by Van Gall ?
    Well not exactly .
    They are trying to cover up their guilt this morning but justifying it as all a big misunderstanding
    Van gall is now covering for Evans by saying that he ” didn’t mean to spit ” and that it was ” natural” spitting . So yes Evans did spit – even though he had denied it.
    Looks like Evans just got found out and needs to sit on the naughty boy step.
    Ergo if he challenges the FA ban coming his way they should extend it in the same way as they do if you wrongly challenge a sending off.
    Typical ignorant mediocrity of the elite clubs thinking they are above the law.
    Van Gall is not in the same league as Fergie was for blatant denial but is trying to fill his boots or not as the case might be.
    It’s the Kings clothes syndrome – it just shows them up for not being very bright. The FA should charge Van Gall for bringing the game into disrepute for his pathetic rants.

  • jimmysmith

    Mar 6, 2015 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #4

    Yeah great, but we’ve still lost our most potent source of goals by far, for a period of up to seven games, for spitting at an opponent after also kicking out at him. Evans was amongst it, he”ll get whats coming hopefully, but Jesus, kicking and spitting. Hopeless.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Mar 6, 2015 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #5

    Re Taylor refing our game even though he is from Manchester, it is allowed in the rules as he doesn’t have Man U down as the club he supports. That is the only thing that matters. According to a Man City fan site that Jeff posted a link to earlier in the week, he has put down Altrincham as his team. There was some discussion and allegations that he is really a Man U fan.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Mar 6, 2015 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #6

    Yeah, both deserve whatever they get. Sheer mind numbing stupidity on both of their parts. It wasn’t even like there was much between them prior to the event. As someone else said, Ashley is probably fuming Carver ‘persuaded’ Charnley not to sell Cisse to whichever Emirati club wanted him.

    I’m sure Cisse apologised for his conduct after the Everton game as well. Lessons on discipline obviously weren’t learned, and the fans end up being the people who will suffer the most from this.

    That leaves us with an available squad (incl. Aarons and Cabella as I am unsure on how fit/unfit they are) that has managed 20 Premier league goals this season. We are safe in my opinion, so time to start building for next season and giving a few chances to those that could be involved next year.

  • lochinvar

    Mar 6, 2015 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #7

    Daily Mail reports Cisse has received the predicted 7 match ban but that Evans has until 6pm tonight to respond-appeal his case ?
    So one FA rule for one, one FA rule for another – must be fair to Man Utd mustn’t we ? Couldn’t not have them playing in the Champions league could we ?
    Are the FA so stupid to believe that Cisse would have “spat back” if he hadn’t been on the receiving end of Evans gobful when he was on the ground.
    Evans hasn’t got a cowardly leg to stand on and Van Gall knows it.
    The FA have no option but to give Evans a six match ban.
    Anything less and you start thinking of corruption in high places.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Mar 6, 2015 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #8

    Bit of a cop out – could Oliver not say his team is Ashington.
    Does anyone know if Oliver and Clattenburg cannot referee Newcastle and Sunderland – If that is the case that blows the FA’s logic out the water

  • sparky55

    Mar 6, 2015 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #9

    6 weeks for spitting is ridiculous.


    DIVING / SIMULATION yellow card…no ban for cheating unless a second red and then only one match ban

    PHYSICAL CONTACT TO OPPONENTS HEAD straight red 3 matches

    PHYSICAL CONTACT TO OPPONENT BELOW THE HEAD Yellow / red possible 1 match ban

    SPITTING 6 matches???

    As soon as the numpty’s who run our game use technology to make it a fairer game the better.

    Simulation straight red 3 game ban

    Bad tackle straight red 3 game ban

    Physical contact straight red 3 game ban

    Spitting straight red 3 game ban

    None of these should be any worse than the other…the penalty should be the same and the game will be cleaned up in a flash.

    Most of these things happen as a spur of the moment decision / reaction in the middle of battle and we’re only human and we do things we might not normally do.

    Spitting is a horrible thing but no-ones career was ended by a bad spit and no-one gets hurt. It would be more fitting that any player who was charged and found guilty of sitting had to wear a brightly coloured arm band for the equivalent length of 6 months playing time saying ‘SORRY FOR SPITTING” as that would be a constant reminder of what a vile thing they’ve done and it’ll soon stop them…but no-one got hurt when spat at.

    Two incidents of spitting in a 12 month period = 9 week ban

    Common sense needs to prevail

  • geordie157

    Mar 6, 2015 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #10

    That’s actually a decent statement by charnley for a change.

    What’s the betting Evans gets a reduced ban.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Mar 6, 2015 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #11

    missed out Racial abuse I think is a minimum five match ban.
    So in the FA’s eyes spitting is worse than racial abusing someone

  • lochinvar

    Mar 6, 2015 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #12

    Lilongwe @6
    So refs don’t have to specifically state which premier League team they support ( or supported when younger ) ?
    Well that stinks doesn’t it.
    Can’t be a football supporter in the world who doesn’t have a raft of clubs they support or look out. Local – Premier. – Country
    Might be Spartans – Newcastle – England for some
    In my case Carlisle – Newcastle- Scotland ( boy did I get that all wrong ! )
    Yet Ref Taylor just conveniently has Altrincham close to where he lives ?
    How many Altrincham matches has Taylor been to watch over the years ?
    Maybe Scholes and the Sky statisticians so keen to protect their Man Utd love in could check those stats for us.
    Conspiracy theory ? Don’t be daft !

  • barkel

    Mar 6, 2015 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #13


    Both players had until 6pm tonight to respond, Cisse has admitted his charge so can be disciplined immediately. Evans still has until 6pm for his official response.

  • Average_Contents

    Mar 6, 2015 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #14

    How can he deny that? He’s clearly tried to spit on him but missed. Why would cisse react the way he did if nothing happened? He was wrong to spit back of course. Fcuking shithouse Evan’s. All innocence and light even after looking at the ref as if he’s innocent. I’d of punched the twat.

  • Lindisfarne

    Mar 6, 2015 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #15

    Lubomír Šatka at left back?

    Would that give him match practice or ruin him by playing him out of position.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Mar 6, 2015 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #16

    No it isn’t one rule for one etc. Cisse was given until 6pm tonight to respond as well, but he just came out and accepted the charge immediately, hence his punishment decided earlier. Evans hasn’t responded yet by all accounts, but has until 6pm to day to do so still.

  • barkel

    Mar 6, 2015 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #17


    I think that all depends on who he’s up against, I wouldn’t put him in at LB against Everton, with Seamus Coleman running at him all game. Maybe for the last few games of the season if we’re still short at LB throw him in

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Mar 6, 2015 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #18

    They have to state which team they support. I’d imagine a number don’t support a Prem team, just like I wouldn’t if Newcastle were relegated.

    It is all a bit too easy to manipulate though, I agree. It relies on referees being wholly honest, which let’s face it they are very unlikely to be as the vast majority of humans are unlikely to be.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Mar 6, 2015 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #19

    He has played right back on occasion, but not sure he has featured as a left back. Playing full back is a decent way to ease in young central defenders, loads have come through that way, but given that would be on his wrong side and out of position I’m not sure it would be a good thing.

    Rather see Anita/Colback/Jonas/Raylor fill the role.

  • Lindisfarne

    Mar 6, 2015 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #20

    Does this team have any benefits?


  • headtheball

    Mar 6, 2015 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #21

    Every time I see a photo of Ashley, Charnley or Carver and know what they are doing to my team I want to SPIT!
    If I did maybe I would be banned from watching them for six or seven games.
    I’m tempted.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Mar 6, 2015 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #22

    Do you think it does?

    Personally I don’t see the point of playing Jonas. Huge respect for battling back from illness, but he is only really involved due to sentimentality and injuries. He isn’t going to get a new contract at the club, so will be gone in the summer. I’d prefer to see us look at next season and give players who are likely to be here next year if we are to use fringe players.

    I’d also like to see Willo out and Satka in for a few games. I’d have preferred Streete to partner Colo, but given his injuries and loan status then Satka it is.

    Finally, I don’t want Perez to be played as a wide man in a 442. In a 4231 fine, as it should allow him to attack more (should, but the way we have played doesn’t necessarily). If we are to play 442 then Perez should only be used as one of the front 2.

  • jayphoto

    Mar 6, 2015 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #23

    @lochinvar – clattenburg and oliver aren’t just toon fans tho! They are frickin massive toon fans that bleed black n white! Pretty sure one of them has a nufc tattoo?
    Taylor reffing us is dodgy tho, hes from a ‘red area’ of Manchester too. Dodgier in previous seasons the FA had him down as being from manchester but this season that got changed to cheshire but im pretty sure where he lives in greater manchester not cheshire?

  • jayphoto

    Mar 6, 2015 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #24

    Carver ‘auditioning’ for the job will see him neglect players like satka! He’ll go with colo and willo for every game. Ive noticed Carver tries very hard to be positive about the more influencial players. Colo and willo have had some shockers but he only mentions then when theyve played well yet hes very quick to point out when Abeid and Anita play badly.
    Also thought him saying krul was brilliant was wrong. His distribution was horrendous and has been for years! Nufc the only club that doesn’t realise kicking is part of a gks game

  • Lindisfarne

    Mar 6, 2015 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #25

    Lilongwe Geordie

    Momentarily sucked into sentimentality for a second, Guti should only be used as a sub if at all. I think JC will attempt to go through to the end of the season using 442, for a number of reasons but for most because it is the simplest.

    It is most likely that Perez will be used up front, with Sammy retaining his place on the left. Obertan has not lived up to expectation and perhaps should not be used as a starter, but who is there to replace him?

    Presuming The next match is too early to start Cabella or Aarons, the right wing position can be filled with R.Taylor, Gouffran or Anita…..You could flip a coin.

  • Our Toon

    Mar 6, 2015 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #26


    I’m curious mate who would you give a chance to and what’s the guarantee they’ll be here next season? Sissoko, Perez and Krul will be in demand do we drop them?

  • Belfast

    Mar 6, 2015 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #27

    Lmao at this like from the rangers egm

  • Belfast

    Mar 6, 2015 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #28

    Brilliant haha

  • Our Toon

    Mar 6, 2015 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #29

    The refs view was clearly blocked, I don’t think he made any decisions for them or against us barring the stonewall pen. If you look at replays his view is blocked by Blind.

    The biggest issue I have is with the assistant linesman who’s looking straight at it with no hindrance of view. The ref needed help and was failed by his assistant

  • Belfast

    Mar 6, 2015 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #30

    From the daily record live blog

    There is a rat outside Ibrox, pacing up and down outside the gates, waiting on a certain someone…

  • Lindisfarne

    Mar 6, 2015 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #31

    Just realised there is no football this weekend!

  • Our Toon

    Mar 6, 2015 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #32


    That is class, looms like rangers fans will be victorious against MA

  • Belfast

    Mar 6, 2015 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #33

    Hopefully somebody interviews the rat lol

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Mar 6, 2015 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #34

    2 things
    Does Taylor ref Man City
    Does that mean Oliver and Clattenburg referee Sunderland

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Mar 6, 2015 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #35

    I think Obertan has performed to expectations. He has never been any good for us, and is never likely to be. I’d play Sissoko on the right if neither Cabella or Aarons are fit. Abeid and Colback in the middle.

    Our Toon,
    I said if we are to play fringe players, then I’d prefer to play people who are more likely to play next season. Clearly Krul and Sissoko are not fringe players, and Perez hasn’t been either this season.

    There are no guarantees any player will be here next season, but there is an inevitability about Jonas, given his contract is ending, that there isn’t with the majority of other players.

  • Belfast

    Mar 6, 2015 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #36

    Llambias and Ashley’s other minion aren’t in attendance

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Mar 6, 2015 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #37

    Aarons won’t be fit for the Everton game – Cabella should.
    got to start with Perez and Riviere up front. gives them a great opportunity to cement a partnership and HOPEFULLY goals
    Janmaat, Williamson, Colo, Hiadara
    Sissoko, Colback, Abeid, Ameobi
    Perez, Riviere

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Mar 6, 2015 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #38

    I can’t see that pairing ever yielding goals to be honest, certainly not sufficient for a club wanting to maintain its Premier league status next year. Neither are out and out goalscorers, one is young with raw potential,and the other has only ever managed 10 league goals or more in a season once. In a lower standard French league.

    Having said that, there is little option for us up front, so it is either those 2, or throwing one of Arma/Heardman in or, if he really exists, Ferreyra.

  • Our Toon

    Mar 6, 2015 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #39


    No probs mate. I agree playing Jonas is of no benefit but I would rather have Jonas on the pitch than Raylor.

    As for the Everton game I think it’s important we return to 433, 442 is so outdated and even a team like citeh struggle with the formation as it always the opposition to create. Against Everton we won’t have much of the ball so it’s important to stifle them and get the home fans to turn against there team. If we go 442 with the french Heskey up top then we will lose!!

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Mar 6, 2015 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #40

    That’s the reason little option – rather have a front pairing that have a few games together get to know each other than chopping and changing
    one up front one game two the next Arma/Perez, Arma/Riviere.
    What little they have played together – one game at home I can remember they looked good and caused problems with their quick interlinking play and running at defenders


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