Manchester United defender Jonny Evans behaved in a 'simply disgusting' manner during the incident which earned him a six-match ban for spitting at Newcastle United's Papiss Cisse.
That is according to the official report into the incident from a three-member regulatory commission at the Football Association, which was published on Thursday evening.
Evans is accused of failing Cisse in his duty of care to a fellow professional, even if he continues to insist he didn't mean to fling flem at the Senegalese striker.
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The written report into the ruling condemns Evans' action wholesale, concluding: “It is clear that Mr Evans is looking directly and indeed aggressively at Mr Cissé. His lips are ’pursed’ and he is close to Mr Cissé.
“If he was, as alleged to be the case, a person who ’habitually spits’, then the commission were concerned as to why he did not turn his head away from Mr Cissé when so spitting.
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Evans failed duty of care
“If that had been a family member or indeed another team member or his manager in front and below him would he still have carried out the same manoeuvre?
“Mr Evans had (and has) a duty of care, if spitting for whatever reason, not to direct the same in the general direction of an opponent, or indeed anyone else. The video clips clearly show that he failed in his duty of care.
“There may, in some quarters, be substantial sympathy for Mr Evans, but the video evidence shows that he did what he did, and the ordinary man in the street will find his action to be simply disgusting and should not be allowed in any walk of life, let alone on any football field.”
Missing when United need him most
The report also reveals that United attempted to get the six-match ban reduced once a guilty verdict had been reached, but were knocked back because the FA can only do so in exceptional circumstances and saw nothing the case worthy of that status.
United must now move on and face up to a fierce run of five Premier League games without their most experienced centre-back, starting this Sunday against fellow top-four challengers Tottenham Hotspur.
Evans will find the spell on the sidelines very frustrating, particularly because he looks a player facing a fight to show Louis van Gaal he's worthy of a place in his long-term plans.
Man United fans, do you think Evans deserves the six-match ban he's currently serving? Will he still be a firm fixture in Van Gaal's plans next season? Let us know your thoughts by getting involved in the comment box below!