Banned! Jonny Evans and Papiss Cisse get long bans for spitting row

Manchester United player Jonny Evans and Newcastle United player Papiss Cisse have been charged by the Football Association following their spit row on Wednesday in the English Premier League.

Jonny Evans has received a six-match ban with Papiss Cisse receiving a seven-match ban due a three-match ban for an elbow on Seamus Coleman earlier in the season.

Evans was found guilty by a disciplinary hearing on the incident after releasing a statement to deny the allegations of the spit row on Wednesday night.

Cisse on the other hand accepted his guilt and issued a public apology to start an immediate seven-match ban.

Evans and Cisse were both charged by the FA following an altercation in Wednesday’s Premier League contest at St James’ Park.

Cisse initially appeared to aim a kick at Evans, who took exception to the striker’s challenge before appearing to spit in the Senegal international’s direction.

That indiscretion riled Cisse, who responded in turn by spitting back at Evans.

On Friday, the FA tweeted: “Manchester United”s Jonny Evans denies FA charge in relation to incident involving Papiss Cisse. Independent Regulatory Commission hearing tonight, decision expected tomorrow [Saturday].”

The incident has drawn widespread condemnation from players and pundits alike.

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