NEWCASTLE’S SHELVE BANNED FOR FIVE GAMES

English Championship side Newcastle United would lose their player Jonjo Shelvey for five games after he was banned for racial abuse.

Shelvey would also pay £100,000 after the FA found him guilty of misconduct.

Shelvey was earlier charged but he appealed the charge in Novermber. An Independent Regulatory Commission has now found him guilty of racially abusive language against Wolves player Romain Saiss. He has been ordered to attend an FA Education course to avoid a repeat.

“The sanction has been set aside pending consideration for an appeal. Any appeal must be lodged within seven days from receipt of written reasons which will be produced in due course,” the FA added after the ruling.

The incident is believed took place when Newcastle clashed with Wolves at St James Park. Shelvey is accused of abusing the player in the 87th minute after the defender raised the issue.

The FA charge says that the abuse breached Rule E3(1) and is an “aggravated breach as defined in Rule E3(2), as it included reference to ethnic origin and/or race and/or nationality. The guidelines which were revised in 2013 states that any player that racially abuses or discriminates on basis of “religion, disability and sexuality should be banned for at least five games.”

A popular case was John Terry being handed a four match ban and a fine of £220,000 for racially abusing Rio Ferdinand’s brother Anton in 2012. The controversial incident was revisited when Ferdinand claims he does not talk with his former Three Lions teammate.

Barcelona forward Luis Suarez was also banned for eight games ad fined £40,000 for abusing Patrice Evra whilst he was a Liverpool striker. The FA has been consistent in tackling issues of abuse in football.

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