Papiss Cisse has accepted the charge given to him by the FA for spitting at Manchester United defender Jonny Evans during last week’s game at St James’ Park. As a result, the Senegalese striker will miss the next seven games – not good news for Newcastle fans as he is the club’s top scorer this season.
The video below shows Cisse spitting at Evans after he was first spat on by the Manchester defender, although from that angle it is difficult to see why Cisse reacted.
However, this second video clearly shows that Jonny Evans did spit at Newcastle’s number 9 first – but two wrongs don’t make a right.
What’s remarkable about this story is Jonny Evans’ denial of the whole event. Whereas Papiss Cisse was quick to respond to the media attention by apologising for his behaviour, Evans was quoted as saying he did nothing wrong and Cisse’s reaction was unprovoked,
I would like to make it clear that I did not spit at Papiss Cisse.
It is not in my character or in my nature to spit at anybody nor is it something I have ever done or would ever do. It is certainly not something that I did last night.
The video obviously shows otherwise. His wife spoke to the Daily Star defending the actions of the Northern Ireland International,
It’s a tricky situation but I have to say it’s definitely not in his nature.
Jonny didn’t even know he’d been spat back at until after the game when he watched the footage.
People can believe what they want but that’s the truth.
He spat on the floor and it was obviously near Cisse. Unfortunately, that’s just the way the camera angle saw it.
We assume that if the video footage wasn’t so clear cut that she would have stuck with the initial statement made by Mr Evans.
The FA have also decided to charge the Manchester United player and he has been given a slightly more lenient punishment – a 6 match ban.
Despite his denial, the FA say there is no right of appeal and that the charge was found proven.
Now he can cross spitting at someone off his list of things he has never done or never will do.