Papiss Cisse formally apologised earlier today in an official club statement, for the spitting incident involving Jonny Evans last night at St. James’ Park.
Even though Evans has bizarrely claimed to be innocent despite the TV footage, both players were charged by The FA late this afternoon.
Now in a further statement via Newcastle United, Papiss Cisse has accepted the FA charge and has said that whilst serving his ban, he will take part in additional work in the community as he looks to make up for his behaviour in that Manchester United match.
OFFICIAL CLUB STATEMENT
Newcastle United and Papiss Cisse have this evening accepted an FA charge in relation to the incident between Cisse and Manchester United defender Jonny Evans, which took place during the clubs’ Premier League match on Wednesday 4 March.
Managing Director Lee Charnley said:
“Both ourselves and Papiss agree that this kind of behaviour is not acceptable. In life, when you do something wrong you have to front up, admit your mistakes and accept the punishment. Papiss was proactive this morning in making a full and heartfelt apology, which he did in advance of any notification from the FA regarding this charge. This was something he felt strongly about and we fully support him in quickly accepting the charge.
“Papiss is known to many of our region’s schools, community groups and junior football teams for his involvement in the work of the Newcastle United Foundation. He has this evening expressed to us his strong desire to engage in additional community activities during the period of his ban. He is particularly keen to use his position as a role model to encourage young and influential fans to engage in sport and learn lessons about the importance of fair play and personal conduct.”