Jonny Evans and Papiss Cisse should both be banned for their conduct in last night's clash between Manchester United and Newcastle United, according to FA disciplinary procedures.
After last night’s ‘spit gate’ incident in which both players appeared to fling flem at each other, the debate began as to how the pair should be dealt with.
As BBC 5Live sports correspondent Richard Conway pointed out on Twitter, that such offences should be met with six-game bans if the rules of the FA handbook are followed to the letter.
United boss Louis Van Gaal has unsurprisingly decided to defend his man, but didn't do a very convincing job in all honesty.
“I don’t think Jonny Evans is a spitter," Van Gaal insisted in his post-match interview. "Maybe spitting on the floor, but we were on the bench and you cannot see from there.”
Video evidence clearly shows Evans appear to spit in the direction of the Senegalese forward after a tough challenge. Cisse then retaliates, getting in Evans’ face before clearly spitting right at the Irishman.
Big names throughout the football world have had their say, ex-Newcastle and Liverpool midfielder, Dietmar Hamann said; “This is not acceptable. It’s disgusting.”
While former Manchester United man, Phil Neville added; “It’s unacceptable. Both those players will be embarrassed.”
Referee, Anthony Taylor didn’t book either player at the time, although should the FA decide to investigate the incident; both players could be watching from the sideline for a few weeks at the least.
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