It is a week ago now when the shock news came out that Jonjo Shelvey had been charged with an ‘Aggravated Breach’ of misconduct.
The shock especially felt because it was alleged to have happened in a match two months earlier.
The fact that the claims were of a racial/racist nature only added to the situation.
It quickly became apparent that the reason for the delay in the charge being made, was due to efforts behind the scenes to fight the charge before it was made public.
The media confirming that Wolves had reported straight after the match on Saturday 17 September that the alleged comment(s) had been made.
Going on previous similar cases, it looks all but certain that if Jonjo Shelvey is found guilty of the charge, the punishment would be a minimum of a ban covering at least five matches.
Assuming any hearing/decision would happen by the end of this week (Friday 18 November) it would mean if found guilty, Jonjo Shelvey missing a minimum of Leeds away, Blackburn home, Hull away (League Cup), Forest away, Birmingham home – with the following (sixth) match being Wigan away on Wednesday 14 December.
Jonjo Shelvey was given eight days to respond to the charge and now with only 24 hours remaining, there has still been no further news.
I have to say that I fear the worst, as usually in these cases if the player is going to fight the charge you normally find that very quickly there is a response saying that the claims will be contested and the player strongly refutes any wrongdoing etc etc and the club is 100% behind him.
My strong feeling, and I very much hope that I am wrong, is that tonight/tomorrow we will see a statement accepting the charge and any subsequent punishment, with comments from Jonjo Shelvey apologising/explaining etc.
The Official FA Statement 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.’