Just in case you missed it, Thursday night saw Jonjo Shelvey and Newcastle United confirm that they wouldn’t be appealing against the guilty verdict that was arrived at after his FA misconduct hearing.
The Newcastle player accepting a five match ban, £100,000 fine and a place on an education course.
Friday then saw the publishing by The FA of the ‘written reasons for the decision (which you can read HERE).
Following the conclusion of the case, the anti racism and discrimination organisation Kick It Out’ have released a statement.
In it, they call on both Newcastle United and Jonjo Shelvey to apologise to Wolves and to Romain Saiss ‘so that everyone can look forward to the remainder of the season’.
With Newcastle supporting their player and Shelvey still insisting he did nothing wrong and claiming that the only reason he hasn’t appealed is because he sees zero chance of success, it is a bit difficult to believe that such an apology will happen.
Only Jonjo Shelvey himself really knows what he did or didn’t say/mean and whilst still maintaining his innocence, any apology/statement would surely be a little pointless.
Kick It Out Official Statement – Friday 23 December 2016:
Following confirmation that Jonjo Shelvey will not appeal his FA misconduct charge for using racially abusive language during the game with Wolverhampton Wanderers on 17 September 2016 in or around the 87th minute, Lord Herman Ouseley on behalf of Kick It Out has issued the following statement.
Lord Herman Ouseley, Kick It Out Chair said: “Kick It Out notes the outcome of Jonjo Shelvey’s case following a lengthy process. The organisation would also like to thank the Independent Regulatory Commission for their thoroughness.
“To bring closure to this incident so all parties can move on and to send out the right message, we hope both Newcastle United and Shelvey issue a public apology to the player concerned and his club, so that everyone can look forward to the remainder of the season.
“One such instance of discrimination involving players in the professional game is too many and shows there’s still work to do in tackling discrimination in football.
“We hope the FA’s education course benefits the player and teaches him about what is and isn’t acceptable language to use.
“On countless occasions, Kick It Out has stated about the importance of education in tackling discriminatory behaviour and incidents. Clearly, education is still needed in the game and it is vital participants of all ages continue to have access to this throughout their careers.
“Players have to appreciate that those who take part in hateful and discriminatory actions will be identified, charged and punished, and that their club will suffer as a result of this as well.
“Kick It Out has been in contact with Newcastle United to offer support and will continue to liaise with the club, who have demonstrated their commitment to equality and inclusion by achieving the Preliminary level of the Premier League’s Equality Standard.
“The organisation has also offered support to the Wolves player concerned and will be available for any on-going support as well.”