Newcastle striker Papiss Cisse has been banned for seven games after accepting a Football Assocation charge for spitting, following a fracas with Jonny Evans of Manchester United during Wednesday night's game at St James' Park.
Cisse issued an apology saying he "reacted to something I found very unpleasant" while Evans - who faces a six-game ban - released a statement vehemently denying it.
Cisse's ban is one match longer because he has been charged for violent conduct this season, for a clash with Seamus Coleman of Everton in December.
Evans' manager, Louis van Gaal, argued that if the Ulsterman spat, he was spitting on the ground. Evans denied any intent whatsoever. In his statement he said: "I would like to make it clear I did not spit at Papiss Cisse.
"I was totally unaware of any spitting incident and had assumed that the issue at the time was with the challenge and the attempted retaliation from the floor. It is not in my nature to spit at anybody." (© Independent News Service)