Newcastle striker Cisse hit by FA charge

The Football Association has charged Newcastle United striker Papiss Cisse with violent conduct after he appeared to elbow Everton’s Seamus Coleman during the meeting between the sides on Sunday, writes Sky Sports.

The incident took place as the duo were jostling ahead of a Newcastle corner, with Cisse swinging at Coleman twice before raising his elbow for a third time, making contact with the Irish full-back. However, he was allowed to stay on the pitch as the clash went unseen by referee Craig Pawson.

Cisse then went on to net Newcastle’s equalising goal in a game which they would eventually go on to win 3-2, with Toffees boss Roberto Martinez left to condemn the Senegal international’s behaviour in his post-match interviews. “This is unacceptable, that an action like that goes unpunished,’ he said.

“You get a situation where everyone is fighting for their position, all in control, and it’s a clear elbow to try and hurt someone. Those are not actions we want to see on a football pitch. And the referee should have seen it.”

Should the charge be upheld, Cisse faces a three-match ban, which would see him miss Premier League matches against Burnley and Chelsea as well the FA Cup tie at Leicester City. He has until 18:00 GMT on Monday to respond.

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