Jonny Evans earlier gave his account of ‘Spit Gate’; taking on no blame for the incident, nor acknowledging any wrongdoing on the field.
Evans said: "Having woken up this morning I am shocked to have seen the media coverage from last night’s match. I would like to make it clear that I did not spit at Papiss Cisse.”
But is that really the truth, with Cisse since coming out with an entirely different story.
Cisse revealed: “I have apologies to make to a lot of people today, I reacted to something I found very unpleasant.”
Cisse’s admission, frank as it is, makes it hard to believe that Evans had no knowledge of any situation until this morning.
Video evidence quite clearly shows a confrontation after Evans spat towards the ground, at Cisse or not. Following that you see the Senegalese forward getting into Evans’ face before quite clearly spitting directly at him.
Evans may not be the kind of man and/or player to commit such an act, but to deny the whole incident ever happened makes the Irishman look foolish in my view.
"I was totally unaware of any spitting incident and had assumed that the issue at the time was with the challenge and his attempted retaliation to the tackle from the floor,” said the defender.
With Cisse openly admitting his wrongdoing, does that statement not now seem slightly redundant?
Hard to call
Don’t get me wrong, I don’t see Evans as that kind of player either, although I do think he got caught in the moment and made a mistake; one you can tell he regretted immediately.
I feel that both men were clearly in the wrong in some way or another, although whether they would purposely go out to do that is another thing. One thing you do however, have to respect is the way Cisse has apologised for his actions, as bad as they were;
"I have always tried hard to be positive a role model, especially for our young fans, and yesterday I let you down.”
Perhaps, should the FA investigate further, we may see developments and retrospective punishment handed out to both men.
Do you buy into Evans’ tale of the incident? Do you think the FA might/should punish both men? Comment below…
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