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Official: Newcastle rocked by midfielder blow

By Will Butcher

Jonjo Shelvey has been charged by the FA with allegedly aiming a racist remark at a Wolves player during Newcastle’s 2-0 loss to Wolves.

Shelvey has been accused of using abusive and racist language during his foul-mouthed attack in the 87th minute of the match, as the Toon recorded a 2-0 loss to the Midlands outfit on September 17.

The FA reported the news on their official website via a statement, giving Shelvey until November 16 to respond to the charges.

It is alleged that Shelvey’s violation of Rule E3(1) is an “Aggravated Breach” as defined in Rule E3(2), as it included reference to ethnic origin and/or race and/or nationality.

The 24-year-old midfield star has been in magnificent form for Rafa Benitez’s side, playing in all 19 league and cup encounters for the Magpies as they move three points clear at the top of the Championship.

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Former Championship manager Ian Holloway even described Shelvey as the best Championship player he has ever seen, after starring in the middle of the park for Newcastle.

Alongside the likes of midfielders Isaac Hayden, Jack Colback or Vurnon Anita, Shelvey has scored three goals for the league leaders as well as providing six strikes in assists.

However, Benitez could be without the former Liverpool and Charlton star as Shelvey weighs up the decision to appeal the charge brought against him.

In other Newcastle news, Holloway has also had this to say about another in-form Newcastle star.