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FA brand spitting Evans ‘disgusting’


EVANS-CISSELONDON, March 13- The Independent Regulatory Commission who handed Jonny Evans a six-match ban for the spitting incident with Papiss Cisse have described the Manchester United defender’s actions as “simply disgusting”.

The Northern Ireland international has strongly denied the Football Association charge, which came about following a bust up with Newcastle strike Cisse during the Premier League clash at St James’ Park at the beginning of March.

However, the Commission have since handed down their sentence, while slating the actions of Evans, who is alleged to be a person who “habitually spits”.

“The video evidence is crucial,” noted Brian Jones, the Commission’s chairman. “What is clear when looking at those clips is that, for whatever reason, Mr Evans clearly spits downwards and towards Mr Cisse, who is actually below him, and actually getting back on his feet.

“At the same time, 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.

“After a long and very detailed and intense discussion, the Regulatory Commission came to the unanimous conclusion that on the balance of probability, the case against Mr Evans was proved.”

In explaining their decision, the three-man Commission concluded: “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.”