Manchester United defender Jonny Evans insists that he did not intent to spit at Newcastle United striker Papiss Cisse after being slapped with a six-match ban from the Football Association two weeks ago.
The Northern Ireland international was found guilty of deliberating spitting at the Senegal international, who was handed a seven-match suspension for his part in the unsavoury altercation.
However, Evans has maintained his innocence in an interview with The Times, claiming his parents would have been disgusted with him had he committed such an offence.
Evans: I did not intend to spit at Cisse
"I did not have the intent to spit at an opponent, so when the FA charged me with that I could never accept it," Evans told The Times, according to Sky Sports. "To spit at anyone is one of the most disgusting things you can do; it's low and cheap. I would never think to spit at someone. You just look like an idiot.
"So I can totally understand there is an image around that, and in the British game and our society it's not something that is accepted, and rightly so.
"But I was able to go home and look my mum and dad in the eye because if I'd genuinely spat at someone I think they would have been disgusted in me.
"It's not the background I come from in Northern Ireland. My mum and dad would have given me a rollicking if I had done that."
Evans may have played his final match for United
While the evidence against Evans looked damning, some believe the Manchester United defender is telling the truth by claiming he did not spit at Cisse.
Regardless, Evans has already missed the matches against Arsenal and Tottenham, and will also be ineligible to feature against Liverpool, Aston Villa, Manchester City and Chelsea.
With his career at Old Trafford already in some doubt, it’s possible that Evans has already played his final game for Manchester United.
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