Newcastle midfielder Jonjo Shelvey was banned for five games and fined £100,000 yesterday after a charge of using racially aggravated language against an opponent was found proven.
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.”
The incident involves Wolves’ Moroccan midfielder Romain Saiss which was reported to match referee Tim Robinson immediately after the game.
However, it was not issued until November 8 as the FA collected evidence with Saiss’s limited understanding of English believed to be a complicating factor.
Shelvey strongly refuted the claims and sources on Tyneside had indicated that the Magpies felt they had witnesses to back his denials, although their hopes now appear to have been dashed.