Despite being found guilty and banned for six matches, the Jonny Evans’ list of apologists continues to grow.
We’d already heard from Louis Van Gaal and Paul Scholes amongst others, claiming Evans was a great bloke, definitely didn’t do it, would never do it blah blah blah.
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How Helen Evans, his wife, has had her say and amazingly she also thinks her husband is a great bloke, who definitely didn’t do it, would never do it blah blah blah.
Helen Evans is also a presenter on MUTY (Manchester United TV) and this is what she had to say on air:
“Jonny didn’t even know he’d been spat back at until after the game when he watched the footage. People can believe what they want but that’s the truth.
“He spat on the floor and it was obviously near Cisse but unfortunately, that is just the way the camera angle saw it.
“It is a tricky situation but I have to say it, so it’s definitely not in his nature.”
Yes it is very unfortunate that the cameras were facing the pitch and saw Jonny Evan clearly spit on Papiss Cisse.
Evans was also very lucky he wasn’t found guilty of being a serial offender in just this one match.
The FA also reviewed footage of an earlier incident where Chris Smalling was very lucky to get away with a clear penalty incident as he sent Emmanuel Riviere tumbling to the ground.
An incident that didn’t involve Jonny Evans whatsoever, yet he felt obliged to go over and spit towards Riviere, though on this occasion it just missed the Newcastle player.
It is of course a load of nonsense when those with something to lose (his manager, wife, mates) come out and say Evans isn’t the ‘type’ of person to do this.
Neither those of us watching on TV or the FA when reviewing footage, need to hear from ‘character’ witnesses as to his innocence.
We can clearly see what happened and in most decent people’s opinion, Jonny Evans was in fact very lucky.
Firstly, for not being also found guilty of the incident with Riviere, where to me the intention was there once again but he was lucky his spit missed the target.
Secondly, that Evans got a lesser punishment than Cisse, despite having the cheek to repeatedly deny what he’d done despite overwhelming evidence, this further bringing the game into disrepute.
Arsene Wenger has also been having his say on the spitting debate and you can read that HERE.