By Danny Wright
Rafa Benitez has revealed that Jonjo Shelvey apologised to his team-mates after his red card proved to spark Newcastle’s downfall against Tottenham at St. James’ Park on Sunday.
The scores were level when the 25-year-old appeared to stamp on Spurs star Dele Alli early in the second-half and he could now be facing a three-match ban for violent conduct.
England international Alli managed to dust himself down and put Spurs ahead in the 61st minute before Ben Davies rounded off the win nine minutes later.
Benitez has since shared that Shelvey felt guilty for his actions and tried to make it up to the squad.
“Jonjo apologised to the team after the game,” said Benitez, as quoted by Newcastle Chronicle’s chief sports writer Lee Ryder on his personal Twitter account on Sunday afternoon.
Rafa: "Jonjo apologised to the team after the game." #nufc
— Lee Ryder (@lee_ryder) August 13, 2017
Shelvey was a key part of the Newcastle side that managed to win the Championship title on the final day of last season.
He scored five goals and supplied 12 assists in 47 appearances across all competitions but still had a patchy disciplinary record with 10 yellow cards and one red to his name.
Newcastle are now facing the prospect of being without the former Swansea midfielder for their next three fixtures which includes a trip to Premier League new boys Huddersfield and two home clashes against both Nottingham Forest in the Carabao Cup and West Ham in the league.
Shelvey’s red card also comes at a poor time for the Magpies after Florian Lejeune and Paul Dummett picked up injuries in the first-half against Spurs, further depleting a squad which Benitez still feels as though needs improving.
In other Newcastle news, Toon legend Alan Shearer has blasted Shelvey for his actions against Spurs.