Lengthy bans for Cisse, Evans

The duo have been punished following an altercation between the pair during Wednesday’s Premier League fixture at at St James’ Park.

Striker Cisse accepted his FA charge on Thursday but defender Evans pleaded not??guilty and his case was heard on Friday night.

The duo have now been handed lengthy suspensions, with Cisse’s punishment one??game higher than the standard tariff for spitting due to an earlier sending-off??this season.

An FA statement read: “Newcastle United???s Papiss Cisse and Manchester United???s Jonny Evans will serve suspensions of seven-matches and six-matches respectively with immediate effect following their 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 2015), resulting in a six-match suspension.

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