The fallout is ongoing for Newcastle United from the refereeing circus on Friday night, with The FA confirming the punishments for Jonjo Shelvey and Paul Dummett.
Just in case you missed it…amongst a host of decisions against Newcastle, referee Steve Martin sent both Paul Dummett and Jonjo Shelvey off at the City Ground.
The punishment on the day wasn’t instant as Karl Darlow saved both penalties that were subsequently awarded on the back of the red cards, though playing with nine men for an entire half proved too much for Newcastle to take anything – a late lucky winner for Forest leaving Newcastle with no reward for a plucky rearguard action.
Monday morning see The FA reveal that Jonjo Shelvey will serve a three match suspension, whilst Paul Dummett gets just a one game ban.
Both decisions could of course be the subject of an appeal if Newcastle think it worthwhile, although punishments can of course be increased if the appeal is dismissed and felt to have been flippant.
The punishments for the Newcastle United pair are listed on The FA official website as per below:
As it stands, Paul Dummett will miss next Saturday’s home match with Birmingham.
As for Jonjo Shelvey, he would miss that Birmingham game and the away matches at Wigan & Burton.
With an appeal on his misconduct charge reportedly set to be heard following that Burton game, any punishment if found guilty would almost certainly start with the Sheffield Wednesday match on Boxing Day.
Past cases suggest a minimum of a five game ban if Shelvey loses that particular appeal, which could/would also involve the FA Cup third round tie plus Championship games against Forest, Blackburn, Brentford and Rotherham.
So if both bans end up becoming reality, it could be 28 January 2017 when Jonjo Shelvey next plays for Newcastle – with the Magpies set to play away at Brighton, though it is also FA Cup fourth round weekend.