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Jonjo Shelvey Loses Appeal – 5 Match Ban Plus £100,000 Fine

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?

Comments welcome.

23 comments so far


    Dec 20, 2016 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #1

    If they appeal it now they risk the FA adding more games to it I imagine

    Plus tbh am certain Rafa isnt taken by surprised here so he will already know what the plan is without Shelvey in the team

  • mindshaft

    Dec 20, 2016 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #2

    The FA really are a pathetic bunch of old men

  • lochinvar

    Dec 20, 2016 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #3

    The issue here is that we just don’t know any of the details or circumstances.

    Has any video evidence surfaced on the net ?

    In a court of law all the details are transcribed and can be seen, in the FA this doesn’t happen.

    It would be prudent if the Club and Shelvey could issue some statement and appropriate apology ( if thats needed as they might appeal the position ? )

    Just leaves a bad taste due to lack of informed information.

    One of the games he misses is the cup game so we need to make sure that we win the four league games and show the league that we have the squad to pull clear.

  • Chancel My MBembaship

    Dec 20, 2016 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #4

    I suppose the one good thing about this is the timing with us being less than two weeks away from a transfer window. Rafa has probably already done his homework and is currently putting all the pieces into place for a January 1st signing.

  • Bobbybee

    Dec 20, 2016 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #5

    I can’t agree with the ‘it’ s not racist’ either. Unless you call someone a white bast*** on a regular basis, then calling someone a black bast*** in any circumstances has racist overtones. Simple as that imo. If it’s not racist in intent, why bother mentioning the colour? If you don’t call people names, adding the white colour first, then just by mentioning his colour, whether it’s black bast***, or black anything, you are being racist whether you think so or not. Your opinions of how you view yourself don’t really come into it. Ask any black person how they feel if you bring the colour of a person’s skin into it and I guarantee they view it as racist. My ex girlfriend was once referred to as a black bitch. Where I’ll agree she could be a bitch when she wanted to be, why did they have to refer to her as a black bitch, when bitch would have covered it adequately? Not racist? I beg to differ.
    ANYWAY, time to move on by the looks of it. He’s been found guilty whether rightly or wrongly and we’ll have to accept that and manage without him for five games. I’m sure the hundred grand won’t bankrupt him! 🙂
    Anybody any suggestions who can temporarily take his place? Isaac Hayden is the first player that springs to my mind, but without Shelvey’s range of passing, we need to alter our tactics. Can Ritchie do a job there? He can pass a ball over distance. Clearly we need to bring somebody in anyway, because we’ve always lacked cover there.

  • Ron Knee

    Dec 20, 2016 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #6

    “Any appeal must be lodged within seven days from receipt of written reasons which will be produced in due course.”

    How long will “in due course” take?

  • Bobbybee

    Dec 20, 2016 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #7

    Ron, if the appeal is heard by the FA then there is little point carrying it on. They won’t overturn their own decision for fear of them being called racist. It’s a mess.
    Did you see the Everton game last night? If anybody does serves a five game ban it’s Henderson. What a shocking tackle that could have broken his leg clean in two. Yellow card? You’re having a laugh.

  • Bobbybee

    Dec 20, 2016 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #8

    Arrgh! Bloody spellchecker. If I wanted to say does serve, I would’ve written it. I wrote deserve because that’s what I meant.

  • RUNAWAY777

    Dec 20, 2016 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #9

    Double wam like a driving ban you get a 5 match ban then wow your hit with a 100.000 fine should be no fine if banned or if banned no fine f. .k off F.A back pockets full .

  • Bobbybee

    Dec 20, 2016 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #10

    Runaway, Shelvey just paid for the old farts Christmas party mate.

  • Thump

    Dec 20, 2016 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #11

    Not surprised at all, nor am I worried. We don’t know exactly what’s gone on, but the second “racial” was brought up, there was only going to be one outcome.

    Wouldn’t surprise me to see Anita moved up into midfield and Yedlin taking up the RB spot.

  • RUNAWAY777

    Dec 20, 2016 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #12

    To rite bobbybee just hope we got someone to step up for the next 5 games bro

  • Bobbybee

    Dec 20, 2016 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #13

    Thump, I’m sure we’ll survive without him too matey. My concern is that we rely on Shelvey’s killer passes to such an extent that Rafa will now have to change his tactics completely. Again, I trust he’ll come up with the answer because tactically he’s a genius. We will miss Shelvey though, there’s no gettin g away from it. He’s been one of, if not the, best player this season. I have every confidence that Rafa will have the answer already thought out.

  • dominnit

    Dec 20, 2016 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #14

    @Bob Did spellcheck also auto correct Barkley to Henderson?

  • BandB

    Dec 20, 2016 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #15

    If the sanctions are delayed seven days, then it seems possible that Shelvey will be able to play on Boxing Day.
    That means he will miss just one game before the transfer window opens.
    Given that his is the position and role that most obviously lacks cover, an obvious route for the club to take is to be quick off the blocks in the transfer window. After all, no-one is banned from agreeing a transfer in principle to take effect immediately the window opens.
    Are we poised to pounce? Or will we see another rolling out of make do and match?

  • toonbrother

    Dec 20, 2016 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #16

    Racism in all forms needs to be eradicated
    Hopefully the club takes action against him as well
    I think we need another central midfield signing
    Until then Diame , Colback and Hayden can cover for him

  • Offkey

    Dec 20, 2016 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #17

    If someone calls Simone something offensive referencing their race or nationality in the process it’s more than likely racist and deserves punishment. However, I do wonder how many times jonjo has benn called a bald…..,whatever. As that is discrimination also and the same level of sanction should apply.

    In terms of the hearing, if it is like employment law all they would need is a reasonable belief on the evidence available, 51% sure with no hard proof would do.

  • Bobbybee

    Dec 20, 2016 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #18

    If Ritchie can do the job for a couple of games, we can always bring young Callum Roberts in to play on the wing. We definitely need cover for Shelvey anyway, it’s the one position we’re lacking cover for. This five game ban could just as easily have been an injury for five games and we’d still need someone to step up. As someone already pointed out, luckily it falls at the one time mid season where we can go out and buy a replacement. Shame Judge is still injured, his range of passing is very impressive and he could’ve stepped straight in. Looks like that’s been binned as an option.
    The good thing is, players will see us a a knocking bet for PL football next season so might be willing to join now.

  • Offkey

    Dec 20, 2016 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #19

    Simone = someone

  • Jib

    Dec 20, 2016 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #20

    Chelsea captain John Terry was banned for four matches and fined £220,000 for racially abusing QPR defender Anton Ferdinand.
    I think there’s a rabbit off here – I’m thinking they keep the number of games banned down , if the player accepts a heavy fine without demur.

  • Bobbybee

    Dec 20, 2016 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #21

    Dom, no, that was simply my bad. Henderson was trying to defend it apparently and they were discussing it him on talksport. Lack of concentration on my behalf. I hope I can be forgiven for such a Booboo. I’ll take a course on concentration, but refuse to pay a big fine! 🙂

  • toonincheek

    Dec 20, 2016 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #22

    Here’s my t’pennyworth –

    There is a difference between being a racist and using
    racist language.
    I am NOT justifying racist language but, unfortunately,
    it is all too often the language used by the youth of today,
    without considering the implications.

    I applaud the FA’s moves to stamp down on racism and/or
    racism comments.

    IMO to punishment given to Shelvey is totally disproportionate
    to what would be given in a Court of Law (and that’s
    assuming the proof of guilt is established).

    I can understand the FA taking a hard line, especially if
    the comments had, or could have been, heard by the public.
    AFAIK this was NOT the case.

  • dcdick

    Dec 20, 2016 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #23

    This needs appealing & the FA taken to court.

    Every match I’ve been to in over 60 + years of watching pro football contains words etc… that are shouted during a game that when taken out of context in isolation after the game has long finished can bee taken as offensive.
    These should be punished equally for everybody (& that includes spectators).

    Racist remarks are a crime not a “hate crime” nothing more or less & should be treated as such on an equal footing with all other crimes whether on a field of play or not.

    This game of football is broken & I’m pissed off with it all….. whats next then, no contact, no speaking/shouting

    I’m in despair about this

    When is the first “black” player going to be charged with racially aggravated abuse on a “white” player then ?



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