New­cas­tle player faces ban for racism

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NEW­CAS­TLE United mid­fielder Jonjo Shelvey faces a po­ten­tial five-game ban af­ter be­ing charged by the Football As­so­ci­a­tion for al­legedly abus­ing, in racial terms, Wolves’ Ro­main Saiss.

The FA has charged Shelvey with us­ing abu­sive lan­guage about an op­po­nent’s race, eth­nic­ity or na­tion­al­ity.

The in­ci­dent oc­curred in the 87th minute of New­cas­tle’s 2-0 Cham­pi­onship de­feat by Wolves on 17 Septem­ber.

Morocco mid­fielder Saiss, 26, was mak­ing his de­but for the club.

BBC Sport’s Pat Mur­phy says the mat­ter was brought to ref­eree Tim Robin­son’s at­ten­tion by one of Saiss’ Wolves team-mates straight af­ter the match ended.

Mur­phy added: “Saiss’ grasp of English is lim­ited hav­ing played in France re­cently, where he was born, and this could com­pli­cate the is­sue. He is now tak­ing English lessons.”

The FA says the mis­de­meanour was an “ag­gra­vated breach” of rules, and if found guilty 24-year-old Shelvey faces a min­i­mum five-game ban. He has un­til 16 Novem­ber to re­spond. New­cas­tle had Nether­lands mid­fielder Vurnon Anita sent off in the same minute of the game.

If found guilty Shelvey will miss, at a min­i­mum, a trip to Leeds on 20 Novem­ber, a home match with Black­burn, the EFL Cup trip to Hull City, an away fix­ture at Not­ting­ham For­est and Birm­ing­ham City’s visit to St James’ Park on 10 De­cem­ber.

In May 2013, the FA in­tro­duced new guide­lines stat­ing that any player found guilty of racially abus­ing an op­po­nent or dis­crim­i­nat­ing on re­li­gion, sex­u­al­ity or dis­abil­ity, would be banned for at least five games.

Chelsea’s John Terry was handed a four-match ban and a £220 000 fine for racially abus­ing QPR de­fender An­ton Fer­di­nand, while Liver­pool’s Luis Suarez re­ceived an eight-match sus­pen­sion and a £40,000 fine for his abuse of Manch­ester United’s Pa­trice Evra — both in 2011.

New­cas­tle sit top of the Cham­pi­onship, three points clear of Brighton, and Shelvey has been one of their stand-out per­form­ers, as well as con­tribut­ing three goals in 16 league ap­pear­ances.

Shelvey, who has won six caps for Eng­land, joined New­cas­tle from Swansea in Jan­uary, but could not pre­vent the club’s rel­e­ga­tion to the Cham­pi­onship.— BBC.

Jonjo Shelvey

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