Jonjo Shelvey verdict has been reached on his FA misconduct charge – Guilty!

The club say that they will await the FA’s ‘written reasons’ before making any further comment and/or deciding whether to appeal.

There are seven days in which to make such an appeal but surely after this guilty verdict and much wrangling behind the scenes before it came to be heard – very difficult to hold out much/any hope of a winning any appeal.

Jonjo Shelvey looks set to miss (***)Sheffield Wednesday (H), Forest (H), Blackburn (A), Birmingham (A – FA Cup) and Brentford (A – Though alternatively this could be a 3rd round cup replay).

(Newcastle do have the option of using the full seven day period before making a decision, meaning Shelvey could still be available for Sheffield Wednesday – only if they accept the punishment before then, would the suspension kick in immediately).

Official Newcastle United Statement:

‘Jonjo Shelvey has been given a five-match suspension and £100,000 fine after an FA misconduct charge against him was found proven.

Jonjo was charged with using abusive and/or insulting words towards an opponent in the 87th minute of the game against Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday, 17th September 2016.

It was further alleged that this breach of Rule E3(1) was an “Aggravated Breach” as defined in Rule E3(2), as it included reference to ethnic origin and/or race and/or nationality.

The player, who denied the charge at an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing, was also ordered to attend an FA education course.

The sanction has been set aside pending consideration for an appeal.  The player has seven days from receipt of written reasons in which to lodge any appeal.

The club and the player will await the FA’s written reasons before making any further comment on this matter.’