English Premiership

Evans spit 'simply disgusting'

2015-03-13 08:13
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London - Manchester United defender Jonny Evans' decision to spit at Newcastle's Papiss Cisse during a recent Premier League clash was branded "simply disgusting" by an Football Association regulatory commission.

Evans had already been handed a six-match ban for the incident and the full written reasons for the punishment were released by the FA on Thursday.

The Northern Ireland international and Newcastle's Senegal striker Cisse were both charged after spitting at each other during Manchester United's 1-0 victory at St James' Park on March 4 in an incident missed by referee Anthony Taylor.

Cisse accepted the charge and a seven-match ban, but Evans insisted he had not intended to spit at the striker and contested it.

The three members of the regulatory commission accepted 27-year-old Evans was the only person who could know his intent, but stated: "It is clear that Mr Evans is looking directly and indeed aggressively at Mr Cisse. His lips are 'pursed' and he is close to Mr Cisse.

"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 Cisse when so spitting.

"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."

The written report also reveals Manchester United questioned the length of the suspension but the commission did not consider there were any "truly exceptional" circumstances to reduce it from the standard six matches.

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