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Tuesday 28 March 2017

Shelvey given a five-game ban and £100k fine for racial abuse

Newcastle midfielder Jonjo Shelvey
Newcastle midfielder Jonjo Shelvey

Newcastle midfielder Jonjo Shelvey has been banned for five games and fined £100,000 after a charge of using racially-aggravated language against an opponent was found proven, the English Football Association has announced.

An Independent Regulatory Commission found against Shelvey, who had denied an FA charge of "using abusive and/or insulting words towards an opponent" aggravated by a reference to "ethnic origin and/or race and/or nationality", at a hearing in Birmingham.

An English FA statement said: "Jonjo Shelvey has been given a five-match suspension and £100,000 fine after an FA misconduct charge against him was found proven.

"The Newcastle United player was charged with using abusive and/or insulting words towards an opponent in the 87th minute of the game against Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday September 17 2016.

"It was further alleged that this breach of Rule E3(1) was an 'Aggravated Breach' as defined in Rule E3(2), as it included reference to ethnic origin and/or race and/or nationality.

"The player, who denied the charge at an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing, was also ordered to attend an FA education course."

Wolves said in a statement: "Wolves welcome the verdict following the FA's investigation into an allegation of abusive and/or insulting words towards one of the club's players in the fixture at Newcastle United."

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