Thursday afternoon saw Newcastle United reveal that Jonjo Shelvey will fight the charge of misconduct, which is an alleged ‘aggravated breach’ with a racial element.
Following that official Newcastle United statement being released, Keith Downie of Sky Sports confirmed that Jonjo Shelvey will be available to face Leeds, if selected.
The Official Newcastle United Statement on Jonjo Shelvey charge – Wednesday 16 November:
‘Newcastle United can confirm that Jonjo Shelvey has today pleaded not guilty to an FA charge of misconduct in relation to an alleged incident during Newcastle United’s game against Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday, 17 September.
The player has requested a personal hearing with the FA regarding this matter. The club will be making no further comment until the matter has been concluded.’
When the charge was made public by the FA (see below), it was confirmed by press in the West Midlands that the player allegedly abused was Moroccan Romain Saiss but that it was one of his Wolves teammates who reported the incident, as Saiss didn’t understand what had allegedly been said.
Interestingly, Sky Sports also reported today that Jonjo Shelvey had his own witness who was going to testify as to what was actually said, in support of the Newcastle midfielder.
The Official FA Statement/Charge on Tuesday 8 November:
‘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.’