Jonjo Shelvey has pleaded not guilty to an FA misconduct charge for allegedly using abusive and insulting language towards an opponent in the Wolves vs Newcastle game at St. James’ Park on September 17th.
The Newcastle United midfielder has requested a personal hearing on the matter, according to a statement just issued by Newcastle United.
The charge was for using “abusive language about an opponent’s race, ethnicity or nationality” and could see Shelvey face a five-match suspension.
Jonjo Shelvey – has requested a personal hearing
The breach of FA Rule E3(1) is deemed to be an “aggravated breach”, in that it is alleged that it included a reference to ethnic origin and/or race and/or nationality.
Shelvey had until 6:00 pm today to respond to the charge and two hours before that deadline Newcastle issued a statement about Shelvey.
This is the statement issued by the club:
“Newcastle United can confirm that Jonjo Shelvey has today pleaded not guilty to an FA charge of misconduct in relation to an alleged incident during Newcastle United’s game against Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday, 17 September.”
“The player has requested a personal hearing with the FA regarding this matter. The club will be making no further comment until the matter has been concluded.”
This will mean that Shelvey can play in the Leeds United game on Sunday at Elland Road, but any subsequent ban will see him miss the quarter-finals of the League Cup against Hull City on Tuesday 29th November.