It is now 88 days since the alleged incident which eventually saw Jonjo Shelvey put on a misconduct charge by The FA.
That Newcastle v Wolves match on 17 September 2016 saw a game that passed without much controversy, apart from the fact that it was a surprise home defeat for United.
Over seven weeks later (8 Nov – see below), The FA out of the blue (at least for fans anyway, as it was claimed behind closed doors discussions had been ongoing since the day of the alleged incident) formally charged Jonjo Shelvey.
Waiting until the last day of the deadline (16 Nov), Newcastle United and the midfielder released a statement saying that Shelvey had pleaded not guilty and they had requested a personal hearing.
There has been no official update as to when that disciplinary hearing will happen, no doubt with all parties agreeing they didn’t want to create an even bigger media circus ahead of the day, however there has been widespread reporting that it will be heard sometime next week – as both clubs/the players have games this coming Saturday at 3pm and then nothing until Boxing Day.
Wednesday morning sees claims by the Chronicle that according to their inside information, Newcastle United believe that they/Jonjo Shelvey are going to lose.
The newspaper states that despite still believing the player is innocent, the club are resigned to having little hope of winning.
The fact that behind the scenes talks between the parties had gone on for so long and that the charge was still made, would certainly not make you feel optimistic anyway.
The Chronicle say that the biggest positive is that Newcastle weren’t hopeful about Shelvey’s Forest red card being rescinded (unlike Dummett’s) and so are clinging on to the chance of the odds being overturned once again.
A five game ban has been widely reported as the likely punishment IF Jonjo Shelvey is 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 against Birmingham 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.’