Despite the guilty verdict, Jonjo Shelvey afterwards continued to protest his innocence.

Now Romain Saiss has spoken out for the first time about the incident and after effects of the hearing.

Romain Saiss speaking to the Express & Star:

“Just after (the Jonjo Shelvey furore) it was difficult.

“I don’t read the press, when I finish training I stay at home with my family and let the football out.

“I think the FA did their job and now for me it’s finished. I’m okay (now)  and smiling.

“I think this word has no place in football or life.

“England is a big country with more nationalities and there is no problem.

“I remember this game, a big game.

“After, with this, it’s more difficult for some weeks because I had just come in England, my first game I have one problem.

“This is life maybe, sometimes, we have this problem.”

Official Newcastle United Statement 22 December 2016:


Jonjo Shelvey has today taken the decision not to lodge an appeal against an FA misconduct charge which was found proven by the Regulatory Commission earlier this week. The player will now serve a five-match suspension.

Speaking of the verdict and his decision, Jonjo said:

“I am very disappointed and frustrated with the outcome of the hearing.  I strongly maintain that I did not use the offensive language that has been alleged.

“Despite my strong disappointment, we think an appeal is very unlikely to change the panel’s decision on the case, so I have decided not to take that option.

“Appealing the ban would also extend the period of uncertainty for the club and the team during such an important part of the season.

“This would not be fair on my club, manager or teammates and I want to draw a line under this now so that I can return to help my team with our promotion challenge as soon as possible.“

Manager Rafa Benitez said:

“Jonjo has maintained his position from the outset and as such has received our full support. Despite this issue going on in the background he has continued to train and play really well.

“Now he has made the decision not to appeal the verdict we can focus on the upcoming games without uncertainty and distraction.”

Newcastle United does not tolerate any form of discrimination or abuse and condemns the use of racist, sexist or homophobic remarks in the strongest possible terms.

The club will not be making any further comment.’

Official FA Statement on Jonjo Shelvey 20 December 2016:

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

The Newcastle United player was charged with using abusive and/or insulting words towards an opponent in the 87th minute of the game against Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday 17 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. Any appeal must be lodged within seven days from receipt of written reasons which will be produced in due course.’

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.’

  • Anita kick up the Hoop

    The victim card is a firm favourite in 2017… we are breeding a generation of needy cry babies

  • Rich Lawson

    ”don’t generally read the papers” ? Well no pal,because it was widely said that you don’t speak English and you didn’t hear the aledged words in the first place ? You seem pretty fluent now ?

  • Wor Monga

    There’s still more questions here than answers…”Now Romain speaks out for the first time about the incident”, without really telling us anything of substance…

    …why does he not tell us if he actually complained about the alleged offence or was it another of his teammates…or even if he understood what was alleged to have been said to him, and if he was offended by the words that were said, and if so why did he not respond to it and draw it to the attention of the referee, immediately?…

    …Very little information ever comes out of these FA tribunals, and with it being such a highly emotive subject Shelvey was never going to be found innocent, was he?…and now after he’s done the set time, and paid the set price stories like this can be put out to rake it all up again with a lot of important games coming up… and considering Wolves have still to play our 3 closest rivals…

    …Ben Arfa got chopped down and lost a season, no punishment for the offender…Haidara got chopped down, and nearly lost a career, no punishment for the offender…players have spat on, kicked, punched, and elbowed others for much less than Shelvey received for something that couldn’t be totally proven without any shadow of a doubt!!!

    • mentalman

      i read at the time that Saiss didn’t know what had been said as he doesn’t speak or understand English and one of his team mates took offence to Shelvey calling him a “smelly arab”. The offence would of surely been the context in which the words were used as Saiss is of arabic descent and may smell. I can’t see it being an offence to point out facts unless the way it is said is done so in a way to try and cause offence. (similar to black people referring to each other as the “N” word).

      Just going back to Saiss not speaking or understanding english, it was accepted during the hearing that Shelvey was responding to constant jibes about his alopecia including comments made by the non english speaking and understanding Saiss, is it not as much of an offence to discriminate or offend a person over a disability than do the same regarding someones race?

    • Rich Lawson

      Spot on ! Physical needs to be punished much harder than verbal,the ”stray elbow” is much more cowardly than a few wind up words. In cricket they call it sledging and it is actually celebrated as banter and proper men take it on the chin as part of the game.

  • Wor Lass

    Some of the comments on here are pretty sad. As far as I can see it the guy has been button-holed about the incident and is acting in a fairly dignified way. The FA did their job and it`s over. He`s not crying about it, he`s trying to draw a line under it. Jonjo called him a silly and insulting name with definite racial connotations. Just because kids used to say things like that all the time “back in the day” doesn`t make it acceptable now – especially in the context of Kick Racialism Out and stuff like that. Jonjo should have manned up and accepted what was coming to him instead of trying to weasel his way out of it. If you read the full report from the tribunal it`s obvious that he got what was coming to him. It`s funny how people go on and on about how Mitro is a loose cannon because of what he did last season but Shelvey`s tendency to loose his head doesn`t get a mention. Don`t get me wrong, he`s a good player and he`s shown commitment to the cause but he was bang out of order here.

    • Wor Monga

      Not so!…only this ruling was brought into question, and nothing concerning what Shelvey or Mitro had done previously has any bearing on it…Shelvey has every right to still protest his innocence, because the offence was neither proven or even verified to have occured by any independent witness, video or audio…

      …but with the threat of an extra 3 games hanging on the appeal result, and no further evidence brought forward…it’s easy to see what the decision of his club was going to be…nothing to do with him weaseling his way out of it!!!

      • Wor Lass

        Have you read the report? It seemed pretty damning to me.

        • Wor Monga

          The judgement was made totally on the hearsay of players from both sides, and there was nothing damning about it…

          …just like you’ve done they took one look at Shelvey, they all know his past, and decided the best way to go was believe the Wolves players evidence…and make a show of coming down hard on this type of offence!!!

          • Wor Lass

            “just like you`ve done”. What I did was stick up for him until I read the tribunal report (you still haven`t said if you actually read it) and combined that info with common sense. I`ve dealt with enough naughty “lads” who try to shift the blame in my time to recognise evasion when I see it. He said something he shouldn`t and then tried to explain it away in the context of a 1960`s-style playground spat rather tha put his hand up. Do you rteally think he was sayin, “You happen to be a gentleman of arabic extraction who has a distinctive aroma” or was he saying, “You`re an effing smelly arab”. We all know the answer now. What he said was wrong but it was heat of the moment stuff but his defence was craven.

    • Viru leckworth

      Maybe because of his loose head.

  • SH.ER

    come on guys , we all know Shelvey used abusive words that contains “Arab”
    His teammates heard it otherwise why would they just fabricate & lie about something like this when they won 0-2 ??
    Makes no sense …

    The people who will defend Shelvey
    will defend him because they curse in their life style , it’s just normal for some English people on daily basis but Shelvey knows he is in a pure professional scene , he can say these things in the street not on the pitch ..