The FA commission reported on their findings yesterday morning and the charge of misconduct against Jonjo Shelvey was said to be proven – and the Newcastle midfielder was banned for five games, fined £100,000 and he must attend an FA Education course.
But Newcastle via their statement yesterday as the defendants in the case say they are now waiting for the written evidence before deciding whether to lodge an appeal.
Jonjo Shelvey – may appeal the charge
The club have seven days after they have received the written evidence to decide whether they will appeal the verdict.
The Chronicle are reporting the written evidence is a legal document and a draft could be delivered to the club by Friday.
Newcastle would then have seven days after that to decide whether to appeal and during that process Jonjo Shelvey could play in the home games against Sheffield Wednesday on Monday and Nottingham Forest on the following Friday evening.
Here are the next nine games that Newcastle will play through early February.
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 Newcastle v Rotherham United Sat 21 Jan 15:00 Brighton v Newcastle Sat 28 Jan 15:00 February 2017 Newcastle v QPR Wed 1 Feb 19:45 Newcastle v Derby County Sat 4 Feb 15:00
From a pure tactical viewpoint maybe Newcastle will be able to play Shelvey in the game on Boxing Day and then decide not to appeal, which means he would miss the next five games, but he would be available for the tough game at Brighton on 28th January.
If the club decides to appeal we suppose the ban is held up until after the appeal is completed, but how long that would take we don’t know – but it would be important that Jonjo somehow plays at Brighton.
It’s almost certain that Jonjo will be available for the Boxing Day game against the Owls on Monday and they are a good side.
What do you think?