Jonny Evans and Papiss Cisse have both been charged with spitting by FA following last night’s game…
Manchester United defender Jonny Evans and Newcastle United striker Papiss Cisse have both officially been charged with spitting by the FA, following their clash in last night’s Premier League game at St. James’ Park.
Evans appeared to spit in the direction of Cisse, who at the time lay on the ground, enticing the forward into leaping to his feet and firing a shot of saliva back in the direction of his rival.
The incidents were not seen by the match officials, but after reviewing the footage caught on video, a three-man panel has deemed that both players should have been sent-off.
The FA said in a statement: “The charges are in relation to an alleged breach of FA Rule E1[a] in that in or around the 38th minute of the game the two players spat at each other.”
Cisse has since apologised for his role in the incident, although Evans has denied deliberately aiming at the Magpies star. Both players are likely to face bans of six matches if found guilty, and have until Friday to respond to the charges.
Manchester United won the game 1-0, with Ashley Young scoring the winner just a minute from time.
You can see the spitting incident in full in the clips below: