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 – 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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