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Jonny Evans banned for six matches after Manchester United player found guilty of spitting

Newcastle's Papiss Cisse has been banned for seven

By Jack de Menezes

Both Papiss Cisse and Jonny Evans have been given heavy bans after both were found guilty of spitting at each other during Manchester United’s 1-0 victory over Newcastle on Wednesday night.

Cisse had admitted his charge by the FA and has been suspended for the next seven games, having received a ban one match longer than Evans due to a previous sending off this season for violent conduct.

Evans denied the charge though, with the news emerging on Friday night that the United defender would contest the FA’s decision in a case hearing that evening.

However, both have been found guilty after video footage appeared to show both players spitting in the direction of one another, and it could have serious ramifications on their respective clubs’ run-ins to the end of the seaso

Crucially for United, it means that Evans will miss their FA Cup sixth round tie against Arsenal on Monday night, as well as Premier League games against top-four rivals Tottenham and Liverpool. The Northern Irishman will also miss the games against the top two, with the visit of fierce rivals Manchester City on 12 April swiftly followed by a trip to Stamford Bridge to take on Chelsea six days later.

Should United beat the Gunners on Monday, their match against the Blues will be postponed to make way for an FA Cup semi-final, but with Aston Villa facing United after the Liverpool match on 04 April, the final game of Evans’ six-match ban would depend on when the match is rescheduled to.

Source: Independent

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