Newcastle’s Papiss Cisse accepts FA spitting charge

CLASH ... Jonny Evans, left, and Papiss Demba Cisse.

CLASH ... Jonny Evans, left, and Papiss Demba Cisse.

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NEWCASTLE United’s Papiss Demba Cisse has accepted a Football Association charge – and seven-game ban – for spitting at Jonny Evans.

Cisse has apologised for his part in the incident, which happened during Manchester United’s 1-0 win at St James’s Park on last night.

In life, when you do something wrong you have to front up, admit your mistakes and accept the punishment.

Lee Charnley

Evans, however, has denied spitting at Cisse.

Newcastle managing Director Lee Charnley said in a club statement: “Both ourselves and Papiss agree that this kind of behaviour is not acceptable.

“In life, when you do something wrong you have to front up, admit your mistakes and accept the punishment.

“Papiss was proactive this morning in making a full and heartfelt apology, which he did in advance of any notification from the FA regarding this charge.

“This was something he felt strongly about and we fully support him in quickly accepting the charge.

“Papiss is known to many of our region’s schools, community groups and junior football teams for his involvement in the work of the Newcastle United Foundation.

“He has this evening expressed to us his strong desire to engage in additional community activities during the period of his ban.

“He is particularly keen to use his position as a role model to encourage young and influential fans to engage in sport and learn lessons about the importance of fair play and personal conduct.”