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Jonjo Shelvey victim speaks out about racism incident

3 years ago
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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:

STATEMENT – JONJO SHELVEY

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.’

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