The Manchester United defender could be in serious trouble with the FA now.
Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has defended Jonny Evans after the Northern Ireland defender appeared to spit on Newcastle striker Papiss Cisse during yesterday’s clash between the two sides.
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(Video) Jonny Evans SPITS on Papiss Cisse – who SPITS back, during Man United v Newcastle United!
“I didn’t see that from the bench. It is too far to see a spitting moment so I cannot judge that,” the Dutchman told the Manchester Evening News. .
“But I cannot imagine Jonny Evans doing that because he is a very modest person and couldn’t do that. I cannot imagine it.
“I was not made aware of it and it wasn’t a discussion the dressing room,” he added.
The incident happened late in the first half of the game – which Manchester United went on to win 1-0, thanks to an 89th minute winner from Ashley Young – and was followed almost instantly be a retaliation by the Senegalese frontman, who appeared to spit back in Evans’s face.
Newcastle manager, John Carver also claimed to be unable to see the incident, and was only made aware of any altercation following the game.
“I have only been made aware of it because the TV made me aware of it but I have not seen it.
“I just saw a fracas and the ref spoke to the players. I would need to look at it,” Carver added.
If the referee failed to see the incidents, then the replays suggest that the two players may well be subject to serious retrospective action in the coming days.
Last season, Hull midfielder George Boyd was banned for three games, after appearing to spit on Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart, despite the England stopper insisting that Boyd did not spit on him.