The spitting incident at last night’s Newcastle v Man Utd match has now been taken up by The FA.
After reviewing footage, both Papiss Cisse and Jonny Evans have been charged by The FA.
The pair have until 6pm on Friday (6 March) to respond to this charge.
Reports earlier said that if found guilt Jonny Evans would get a six game ban, while Papiss Cisse would get seven matches, the extra one due to his earlier ban following an elbowing incident against Everton in December.
This afternoon saw further developments when both players released statement via their clubs.
Papiss Cisse was full of apologies for his part in the incident, basically admitting he’d been in the wrong and will now be seemingly guaranteed a suspension.
However, despite the TV footage hundreds of millions people saw, Evans has unbelievably denied any wrongdoing.
This is what appeared on the Official FA website:
‘Newcastle United’s Papiss Cisse and Manchester United’s Jonny Evans have both been charged by The FA following their game on Wednesday 4 March 2015.
The charges are in relation to an alleged breach of FA Rule E1[a] in that in or around the 38th minute of the game the two players spat at each other.
The incidents were not seen by the match officials but caught on video.
Both players have until 6pm on Friday 6 March 2015 to respond to the charge.
In Premier League matches, if an incident has not been seen by the match officials, a three-man panel of former elite referees will be asked by The FA to review the footage independently of each other.
They will then advise what, if any action, they believe the match referee should have taken had it been witnessed at the time.
For an FA charge to follow, all three panel members must agree it is a sending-off offence.
In this instance, the decision by the panel was unanimous in respect of both players.’