Manchester United’s defender Jonny Evans actions at spitting on Newcastle United’s Papiss Cisse was “simply disgusting”, says Football Association regulatory commission.
Jonny Evans is currently serving a six game ban and Newcastle United’s striker is serving 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 last week.
The FA officials have used the video-footage as 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 Football Association has now published an Independent Regulatory Commission’s written reasons for the bans.
The three-man panel which investigated the incident says, “The video evidence is crucial. Without doubt it clearly shows what happened,” read the judgment.
“The regulatory commission has been referred to Mr Evans’s ‘intent’ which in the opinion of Manchester United was not to spit at Mr Cissé. It is clear that Mr Evans is looking directly and indeed aggressively at Mr Cissé. His lips are ‘pursed’ and he is close to Mr Cissé.
“If he was, as alleged to be the case, a person who ‘habitually spits’, then the commission were concerned as to why he did not turn his head away from Mr Cissé when so spitting.
“If that had been a family member or indeed another team member or his manager in front and below him would he still have carried out the same maneuver?
“Mr Evans had [and has] a duty of care, if spitting for whatever reason, not to direct the same in the general direction of an opponent, or indeed anyone else. The video clips clearly show that he failed in his duty of care.
“There may, in some quarters, be substantial sympathy for Mr Evans, but the video evidence shows that he did what he did, and the ordinary man in the street will find his action to be simply disgusting and should not be allowed in any walk of life, let alone on any football field.”
The defender issued a statement that he would never spit at any other player. The ban means that Evans should sit out for their games against Spurs, Liverpool, Aston Villa, Manchester City and Chelsea after their 2-1 loss to Arsenal this Monday.