Manchester United defender Jonny Evans has denied a Football Association charge that he spat at Newcastle United striker Papiss Cisse during the game between the sides on Wednesday, the Independent has reported.
The incident took place as part of an altercation between the duo at St. James’ Park. Following the award of a free-kick to Newcastle, Evans spat in the direction of Cisse, resulting in the Senegalese striker spitting twice towards his face in retaliation. It was not seen by referee Anthony Taylor or any of the other match officials.
Both players were charged. Cisse has already admitted it and faces the possibility of a seven-match ban, but on Friday evening Evans pleaded not guilty, having already released a statement saying that he had not deliberately spat at Cisse.
The FA’s Independent Regulatory Commission met on Friday evening for a hearing in which to discuss the case, and their decision over Evans’ appeal is likely to be made public later on Saturday, with the Northern Irishman set to be handed a six-game suspension should the charge be upheld.
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