Manchester United defender Johnny Evans has been handed a six game ban, following a spitting incident in the club’s last match against Newcastle United on March 4th. The defender had pledged his innocence over the accusation but another independent FA panel rejected his appeal. Evans was involved in an altercation with Magpies striker Papiss Cisse who has also received a six match ban as he retaliated by spitting back.  The striker had accepted the ban when it was announced, but Evans was defiant and said that he was innocent. The Northern Ireland international will now be forced to miss United’s FA Cup clash with Arsenal, and several other key games including matches against Tottenham, Liverpool, Aston Villa, Manchester City and Chelsea. The FA announced the following on its website, “Newcastle United’s Papiss Cisse and Manchester United’s Jonny Evans will serve suspensions of seven-matches and six-matches respectively with immediate effect. This follows the Premier League game on Wednesday 4 March 2015. […]

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