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Thursday 19 October 2017

FA charge Evans and Cisse

JONNY Evans and Papiss Cisse have both been charged by the English FA over the spitting incident during Manchester United's win over Newcastle in midweek.

"The charges are in relation to an alleged breach of FA Rule E1[a] in that in or around the 38th minute of the game the two players spat at each other. The incidents were not seen by the match officials but caught on video," said an EFA statement.

Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has defended his player: "Jonny was not aware that he was spitting. It's a natural thing for a human being, it wasn't his intention. I cannot imagine that Jonny Evans could do something like that, and he's also said that. I believe him, so the matter is done. I think the FA is very wise."

While Evans has denied the charge Cissehas apologised: "I have apologies to make to a lot of people today. Firstly to my team-mates and to our supporters, secondly to Jonny Evans, and thirdly to every football fan who saw the incident between myself and Jonny."

"I reacted to something I found very unpleasant. Sometimes it is hard not to react, particularly in the heat of the moment. I have always tried hard to be a positive role model, especially for our young fans, and yesterday I let you down.

"I hope children out there playing football for their clubs and schools this weekend will know better than to retaliate when they are angry.

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