Jonjo Shelvey has lost his appeal against the FA misconduct charge and they have slapped a five match ban on the Newcastle player plus a £100,000 fine.
The ban is the minimum for that offense and the personal hearing was held yesterday in Birmingham.
There was only a small chance that he could win the appeal, after the player had pleased not guilty to the charge.
Jonjo Shelvey – has lost his appeal
This is the statement issued by Newcastle on their web-site:
Jonjo Shelvey has been given a five-match suspension and £100,000 fine after an FA misconduct charge against him was found proven.
Jonjo was charged with using abusive and/or insulting words towards an opponent in the 87th minute of the game against Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday, 17th September 2016.
It was further alleged that this breach of Rule E3(1) was an “Aggravated Breach” as defined in Rule E3(2), as it included reference to ethnic origin and/or race and/or nationality.
The player, who denied the charge at an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing, was also ordered to attend an FA education course.
The sanction has been set aside pending consideration for an appeal. The player has seven days from receipt of written reasons in which to lodge any appeal.The club and the player will await the FA’s written reasons before making any further comment on this matter.
It looks like Newcastle may lodge an appeal against the decision, but in truth they will have little chance of overturning the charge.
However, it may mean that Jonjo will be eligible to play next Monday night, if the club do appeal against this FA decision.
These are the games Jonjo will miss starting with the game against Sheffield Wednesday on Monday night.
December 2016 Newcastle v Sheffield Wednesday Mon 26 Dec 19:45 Newcastle v Nottingham Forest Fri 30 Dec 19:45 January 2017 Blackburn Rovers v Newcastle Mon 2 Jan 15:00 Birmingham City v Newcastle Sat 7 Jan 15:00 - FA Cup Brentford v Newcastle Mon 16 Jan 19:45
It will be interesting to see who Rafa will play in Shelvey’s position and give them a free rein – maybe young Isaac Hayden will get the chance or even Mo Diame?