Newcastle’s Papiss Cisse facing SEVEN-match ban for spitting

CLASH ... Jonny Evans and Papiss Demba Cisse.

CLASH ... Jonny Evans and Papiss Demba Cisse.

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NEWCASTLE United’s Papiss Demba Cisse will be hit with a SEVEN-game ban if he is found guilty of spitting at an opponent by the Football Association.

The striker appeared to be spat at by Manchester United defender Jonny Evans before retaliating with a spit of his own in last night’s game between the teams at St James’s Park.

Until last season, FA disciplinary guidelines stated players would face a three-match suspension for spitting in the direction of an opponent.

However, the penalty for the offence was doubled last summer, and the FA has confirmed to the Gazette that, if Cisse is charged and later found guilty, he will have an extra game added to the six-game ban.

That is because he has already served a three-match ban for violent conduct after an incident with Everton’s Seamus Coleman in December.

If charged and found guilty, Cisse will miss Newcastle’s games with Everton, Arsenal, Sunderland, Liverpool, Tottenham, Swansea and Leicester.

He would then be able to return for United’s final three Premier League matches, against West Brom, QPR and West Ham.