In a quite amazing turn of events, the FA have charged Jonjo Shelvey with misconduct from a match two months ago.
The alleged incident happened in the Newcastle v Wolves game on Saturday 17 September which United lost 2-0.
What is even worse is that the claim is that there was a racial angle to the incident, which makes it an alleged ‘aggravated breach’.
This would no doubt mean a higher punishment than a ‘normal’ misconduct charge and of course an allegation of a racial element is often the hardest to defend yourself against – as in ‘no smoke without fire’.
As to why it has taken 52 days since the match for the FA to act is beyond comprehension and no explanation has been given.
Going into the last few minutes Newcastle were two down, the game lost and frustrations boiling over, so much so that Vurnon Anita made a poor choice of challenge and was given a straight red card for a tackle on Portuguese winger Ivan Cavaleiro in the 87th minute – which is the time given for the incident.
The local media in the Midlands are reporting it as follows:
‘The Express & Star understands that a team mate of Romain Saiss’ reported the alleged racial term, with the Moroccan midfielder’s grasp of English being limited.
It was reported by Wolves to officials at the end of the match. And the FA have now charged Shelvey with misconduct.’
This still begs the question, why is the charge being laid now and not in the aftermath of the game?
Official FA Statement:
‘Jonjo Shelvey has been charged for misconduct in relation to Newcastle United’s game against Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday 17 September 2016.
It is alleged that in or around the 87th minute of the fixture, he used abusive and/or insulting words towards an opponent.
It is further alleged that this breach of Rule E3(1) is an “Aggravated Breach” as defined in Rule E3(2), as it included reference to ethnic origin and/or race and/or nationality.
The player has until 16 November 2016 to respond to the charge.’