Agreed date claimed for FA to judge Jonjo Shelvey
Wednesday night brought news of a claimed date for the Jonjo Shelvey hearing.
The Chronicle carried headlines that a date had been revealed but the actual story didn’t name any specific day for the case to be heard.
What the story did claim, was that the newspaper understands that the hearing is set to happen sometime in the week commencing Monday 19 December.
The reason for that week allegedly being that it is the first midweek when all witnesses/parties to the case will all be available to attend.
Jonjo Shelvey left it until the very final deadline of Wednesday 16 November to plead not guilty and request a personal hearing.
If the story stands up, it will mean the midfielder is available for another four games before a decision is made – Forest (A), Birmingham (H), Wigan (A) and Burton (A).
A five game ban has been widely reported as the likely punishment IF Jonjo Shelvey was found guilty. If this was the case he would be set to miss Sheff Wed (H), Forest (H), Blackburn (A), the third round of the FA Cup and either Brentford (A) or a third round FA Cup replay.
Official Newcastle United Statement on Jonjo Shelvey response – 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.’
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.’
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