Newcastle United have just released an official statement (read below) which confirms that both Papiss Cisse and Jonny Evans have been banned after the spitting incident on Wednesday night.
Jonny Evans was cleared of spitting at Emmanuel Riviere in a separate incident but hasn’t been able to wriggle out of the moment when he spat at Papiss Cisse.
The Newcastle striker earned a bit of credit in this shameful episode by holding his hands up straight away.
However, Jonny Evans continued to lie about his involvement, despite the damning TV footage, an extra embarrassing episode for both the player and his club.
As expected, Jonny Evans has picked up a six match ban, with Cisse getting an extra one due to his earlier suspension for elbowing a player in the Everton match earlier this season.
Newcastle fans had already accepted they were going to be without their only out and out striker for all but the last three matches of this season, the only disappointment being that Jonny Evans and his club weren’t given extra punishment for trying to lie their way out of trouble.
Newcastle United official Statement
FA Confirm Cisse Suspension
Newcastle United’s Papiss Cisse and Manchester United’s Jonny Evans will serve suspensions of seven-matches and six-matches respectively with immediate effect following their game on Wednesday 4 March 2015.
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 2015], resulting in a six-match suspension.
The incidents were not seen by the match officials but caught on video.