Manchester United defender Jonny Evans has defended himself from recent accusations that he wilfully spat at Newcastle striker Papiss Cisse by claiming that his parents would have killed him had that been the case, according to the Daily Mail.
Cameras seemingly caught the 26-year-old in the act and he was subsequently slapped with a six-match ban, while Cisse received a seven-match suspension for his part.
But Evans has insisted the incident was blown out of proportion as the motivation to not spit on somebody doesn’t come from FA sanctions, but rather the wrath of his parents.
“I can totally understand there is an image around that, and in the British game and our society it’s not something that is accepted, and rightly so,” he said.
“But I was able to go home and look my mum and dad in the eye because if I’d genuinely spat at someone I think they would have been disgusted in me.
“It’s not the background I come from in Northern Ireland. My mum and dad would have given me a rollicking if I had done that.”