Manchester United defender Jonny Evans has released a statement through the club’s official website in which he denies spitting at Newcastle striker Papiss Cisse in the Premier League fixture between the sides on Wednesday evening.
Evans and Cisse were involved in an altercation in the first-half in which it was alleged Evans spat at Cisse, who was on the ground after an Evans challenge, while the Senegal international was accused of spitting at Evans in retaliation. It’s not yet known if the Football Association are to take any action against either player but Evans has insisted he didn’t spit at Cisse, claiming to only have become aware of the furore over the incident the morning after the match.
“Having woken up this morning I am shocked to have seen the media coverage from last night’s match. I would like to make it clear that I did not spit at Papiss Cisse,” the Northern Ireland regular said.
“I was totally unaware of any spitting incident and had assumed that the issue at the time was with the challenge and his attempted retaliation to the tackle from the floor,” Evans continued. “During the game Papiss Cisse and I spoke about the incident and it is clear by my reaction in the television footage that I was totally surprised by any suggestion of spitting.
“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 match finished in a win for the Red Devils through a late Ashley Young goal, the winger scoring in the 89th minute after a defensive mix-up involving Medhi Abeid and Tim Krul. The result leaves Louis van Gaal’s side in fourth place while the Magpies are 11th.
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