by Sam Peoples

Manchester United’s Jonny Evans has been banned for six-games having been found guilty by an FA hearing.

The ban means Evans will miss ties against Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool, Aston Villa, Manchester City and Chelsea.

Evans appealed the decision on the grounds that he did not intentionally spit at Papiss Cisse but having taken all the evidence into account, his appeal was rejected.

A full statement from the FA read as follows:

“Newcastle United’s Papiss Cisse and Manchester United’s Jonny Evans will serve suspensions of seven-matches and six-matches respectively with immediate effect.

This follows the Premier League game on Wednesday 4 March 2015.

Both players were charged in relation to an alleged breach of FA Rule E1[a] in that in or around the 38th minute of the fixture they spat at each other.

Mr Cisse accepted the charge and his suspension consists of six matches, which is the standard penalty for this offence, with an additional one match as he has previously accepted a violent conduct charge this season.

Mr Evans denied the charge but it was found proven following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing on Friday [6 March], resulting in a six-match suspension.

The incidents were not seen by the match officials but caught on video.”

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