By Emma Sanders

Jonjo Shelvey has opted not to appeal the five-match ban he was given by the FA following an investigation into racial misconduct because he believes it would be unfair on his teammates.

The Newcastle midfielder believes an appeal would “extend the period of uncertainty” and he doesn’t want to cause any distractions for his team during the Christmas period.

Shelvey was fined £100,000 and given a five-match ban after allegations he made a racially abusive comment towards Romain Saiss in the clash against Wolves in September were deemed to be true.

The 24-year-old will miss clashes away clashes against Blackburn Rovers, Birmingham and Brentford but will be in contention to feature in the important clash against Brighton on 28th January.

“Appealing the ban would also extend the period of uncertainty for the club and the team during such an important part of the season,” he told the club’s official website.

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“This would not be fair on my club, manager or teammates and I want to draw a line under this now so that I can return to help my team with our promotion challenge as soon as possible.“

Shelvey has been an important member of Rafa Benitez’ side throughout the 2016-17 campaign and has been a regular starter in the centre of midfield.

The England international will now have to sit out until the new year and it is a major blow to the club given their busy schedule throughout the festive period.

Newcastle currently sit at the top of the Championship table but hold just a one-point lead over Brighton.

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