Manchester United defender Jonny Evans has reiterated his stance that he did not intentionally spit on Newcastle United’s Papiss Cisse.
Evans received a six-match ban when an FA hearing found him guilty of spitting on Cisse during the Premier League meeting between the two sides earlier this month.
The Northern Irishman appealed against the decision but it was eventually rejected. Meanwhile, Cisse received a seven-match ban.
Evans still insists he did not spit at Cisse on purpose but admitted he will think about his behaviour in the future.
Speaking about the incident, Evans said: “It wasn’t until after I’d seen the incident on TV that I realised how it looked.
“At the time, on the pitch, it was in my mind that it was a bit of a misunderstanding with Pappis Cisse and I have sympathy for him because he was dragged into the situation.
“It wasn’t really meant to happen an..d it was just unfortunate that both of us got a ban at the end of it.
“I’m sure in the future I’ll try to think more carefully about when I do spit but I was totally unaware at the time.”
Video of the incident clearly showed Evans spitting in the direction of Cisse but only the player himself will know if he purposefully meant to do it or not.
In Evans’ absence, Phil Jones and Chris Smalling have impressed at the heart of United’s defence. Against Liverpool last weekend, Jones clattered Adam Lallana in a typical blood and thunder display while Smalling displayed an impressive range of passing during the game. Their good form means Evans may find it difficult to get back in the starting XI before the end of the season.