The Chronicle have cleared up some confusion with Jonjo Shelvey’s Football Association misconduct charge, where the Newcastle midfielder could face (at least) a five match ban if the charge stands.
However Shelvey is said to be considering an appeal against the charge and he has maintained throughout the investigation he did not say the alleged discriminatory words he is charged with saying.
The FA charge seemed to come out of the blue yesterday, but apparently Newcastle have known of this pending charge ever since the match took place on 20th September at St. James’ Park.
Jonjo Shelvey – facing serious charges
Jonjo is said to have verbally abused a player at about the same time that Vurnon Anita picked up his red card after 87 minutes.
The FA have been investigating the charge ever since and only yesterday did they formally charge the Newcastle midfielder.
The serious part of the charge is that Shelvey used words relating to ethnicity towards an opponent and that’s why the ban could be for five games.
The Express & Star in the Midlands is reporting the player abused is alleged to have been Moroccan midfielder Romain Saiss.
The complaint was not made by Saiss himself, whose use of English is said to be limited, but it was made by a Wolves team-mate.
This is a serious charge and if upheld and Jonjo gets a five match ban these are the games he would miss.
November Sun 20 13:15 A Leeds United Sat 26 15:00 H Blackburn Tue 29 17:45 A Hull - EFL Cup December Fri 02 19:45 A Nottm Forest Sat 10 15:00 H Birmingham
Shelvey has until November 16th to respond to the charge and no decision has yet been made whether the club and Shelvey are to contest the charge.