Yesterday's bizarre match between Newcastle United and Manchester United was marred by an even stranger incident in the 38th minute that saw Jonny Evans and Papiss Cisse appear to spit on one another. Now it looks like they'll pay for their poor judgment.
The FA's statement confirmed that the match referee did not see the spitting but that it was caught on video. The incident is a breach of player conduct policies that was likely to get the pair suspended for six matches each, but Cisse has been suspended for seven games. Punishment has yet to come down for Evans.
For his part, Cisse seems very sorry for losing his temper and control:
BREAKING: Papiss Cisse says sorry: "firstly to supporters, secondly to Jonny Evans, and thirdly to every football fan who saw the incident."— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) March 5, 2015
It didn't help him at all.
BREAKING: Cisse will serve seven match ban after admitting charge. #SSNHQ— Sky Sports News HQ (@SkySportsNewsHQ) March 5, 2015
Evans, on the other hand, denies that the entire thing even happened. That denial seems unlikely to have much of an effect on the FA's disciplinary panel, who agreed unanimously on charging the players. Both Evans and Cisse have until Friday evening to respond to the charges.