Manchester United’s defender Jonny Evans is about to face a six game ban and Newcastle United’s striker will serve a seven-match ban after being found guilty for spitting at each other in Manchester United’s 1-0 win over Newcastle United at St James’ Park on Wednesday.
The FA officials have used the video-footage as an evidence after the incident which was not observed by the match officials during the match. Cisse did admit about the spitting and offered an apology to Jonny Evans. However Jonny Evans denied spitting and pleaded not guilty to FA.
The ban will take immediate effect and there is no right to appeal for the players against the ban. This means that the defender will not be available for their FA Cup tie against Arsenal at Old Trafford.
The FA released a statement that read: “Both players were charged in relation to an alleged breach of FA Rule E1[a] in that in or around the 38th minute of the fixture they spat at each other.
“Mr. Cisse accepted the charge and his suspension consists of six matches, which is the standard penalty for this offence, with an additional one match as he has previously accepted a violent conduct charge this season.”
“Mr. Evans denied the charge but it was found proven following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing on Friday [6 March], resulting in a six-match suspension.”
“The incidents were not seen by the match officials but caught on video.”