Newcastle fans react on Twitter after key man sidelined for five matches
By Emma Sanders
Newcastle fans reacted in panic on Twitter after midfielder Jonjo Shelvey was handed a five-game ban and a £100,000 fine by the FA.
According to a statement from the club’s official website, the 24-year-old was found guilty of “using abusive and/or insulting words” during the clash against Wolves on Saturday 17th September.
Shelvey was alleged to have used racist comments towards Romain Saiss during a heated clash at St James’ Park in the dying minutes of the game and will now face a lengthy spell on the sidelines.
The midfielder has been a first team regular under Rafa Benitez this season but will now miss a number of important clashes throughout the Christmas period and fans were not happy.
Here is a selection of the messages on Twitter:
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Shelvey back for the trip to Brighton. Phew #nufc
— Alan Flack (@Alan_Flack) December 20, 2016
Massive MASSIVE Xmas period now Shelvey out for 5 games! Colback and Hayden must step up!
— Jake Atkin (@MrBics) December 20, 2016
100k fine and 5 match ban for Shelvey!! #NUFC
— Mark G. (@markshearer1) December 20, 2016
silly lad hope he learns his lesson but if he was provoked with comments about his looks hope similar action will be taken!!
— Chris Moir (@ChrisMoir1) December 20, 2016
Shelvey banned for 5 games, class
— Matthew Young (@__mattyoung) December 20, 2016
Interested to see how we'll play without Shelvey running the game #NUFC
— Ross Gilchrist (@RossGilchrist13) December 20, 2016
Diame to take over from Shelvey and Perez at number 10? Anita into that slot with Hayden? Tiote?
— Alan Bates (@silverbee52) December 20, 2016
Newcastle will consider whether or not to appeal the decision and Shelvey has seven days to decide whether or not to accept the charges but it is expected he will do.
If Shelvey accepts the charge, his five-match absence could mean he will miss encounters against Sheffield Wednesday, Nottingham Fores at home as well as away trips to Blackburn Rovers, Birmingham and Brentford.
Newcastle currently sit at the top of the Championship table but are just one point ahead of Brighton in second place, who they face on 28th january.
Shelvey is expected to return for that fixture and could be available for the clash against Rotherham too.
In other Newcastle news, the Magpies have targeted this international attacker in January.