As expected, the English FA have handed down severe bans to both Papiss Cisse and Jonny Evans for spitting at each other in Newcastle’s 1-0 defeat against Manchester United on Wednesday night at St. James’ Park.
Cisse and Evans confront each other
Here’s the FA statement that was listed on their web-site, after a decision had been reached by the three man committee:
Newcastle United’s Papiss Cisse and Manchester United’s Jonny Evans will serve suspensions of seven-matches and six-matches respectively with immediate effect.
This follows the Premier League game on Wednesday 4 March 2015.
Both players were charged in relation to an alleged breach of FA Rule E1[a] in that in or around the 38th minute of the fixture they spat at each other.
Mr Cisse accepted the charge and his suspension consists of six matches, which is the standard penalty for this offence, with an additional one match as he has previously accepted a violent conduct charge this season.
Mr Evans denied the charge but it was found proven following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing on Friday [6 March], resulting in a six-match suspension.
The incidents were not seen by the match officials but caught on video.
The two clubs took completely different reactions to the charge made by the FA on Thursday, with Jonny Evans vehemently denying the charge and being backed up by his manager Louis van Gaal, but Papiss Cisse accepted the charge and immediately apologized to everybody who was affected by his actions – especially youngsters.
Managing Director Lee Charnley also issued a statement from Newcastle United saying in effect that Cisse would have to face up to his punishment.
Papiss has also agreed to do more work for the Newcastle United Foundation (charity work) during the two months he will be suspended.
There’s no doubt which club looked the class act and the more professional over the last couple of days, and it wasn’t the club that plays in red.
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