The FA charge of misconduct for using abusive and/or insulting words towards an opponent could produce a ban of anywhere from four to eight games for Newcastle’s Jonjo Shelvey – and that would be a big blow for Newcastle to miss the player’s creativity for that number of games.
The real worrying bit of the FA statement is that they further allege that this breach of Rule E3(1) is an “Aggravated Breach” as defined in Rule E3(2), because it included reference to ethnic origin and/or race and/or nationality.
Jonjo Shelvey – FA charge is a serious one
In September Andre Gray of Burnley was given a four-match ban for homophobic abuse on social media – and that happened way back in 2010 when he posted six tweets on his Twitter account calling for gay people to ‘burn’ and ‘die’.
While we don’t know what Shelvey may or may not have said in the incident, it could be that the FA consider it to be an equal offense, but maybe not.
Back in October of 2011 during a game between Liverpool and Manchester United, Liverpool’s Luis Suarez was charged with and found guilty of racially abusing Patrice Evra by an FA commission.
Suarez was fined £40,000 and banned for eight games, but it doesn’t look like Jonjo’s charges are that severe.
If we were to hazard a guess we would say Jonjo will likely get a 5 match ban if he doesn’t appeal the charge.
Here’s the FA statement they released today:
“Jonjo Shelvey has been charged for misconduct in relation to Newcastle United’s game against Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday 17 September 2016,”
“It is alleged that in or around the 87th minute of the fixture, he used abusive and/or insulting words towards an opponent.”
“It is further alleged that this breach of Rule E3(1) is an Aggravated Breach” as defined in Rule E3(2), as it included reference to ethnic origin and/or race and/or nationality.”
“The player has until 16 November 2016 to respond to the charge.”
This is exactly what we didn’t want to happen with everything having gone so well over the last seven weeks at Newcastle.