Manchester United’s Jonny Evans has released a statement regarding an alleged spitting incident with Papiss Cisse last night during the match against Newcastle United.
The Northern Irishman denied spitting at Cisse but replays showed him spitting in his direction moments before the Newcastle striker spat at Evans from only a few inches away.
Here is his statement in full: “Having woken up this morning I am shocked to have seen the media coverage from last night’s match. I would like to make it clear that I did not spit at Papiss Cisse.
“I was totally unaware of any spitting incident and had assumed that the issue at the time was with the challenge and his attempted retaliation to the tackle from the floor. During the game Papiss Cisse and I spoke about the incident and it is clear by my reaction in the television footage that I was totally surprised by any suggestion of spitting.
“It is not in my character or in my nature to spit at anybody nor is it something I have ever done or would ever do. It is certainly not something that I did last night.”
What is clear from Evans’ statement is that if the FA do charge him for the incident that he will appeal because he has denied the allegations.
Did Evans purposefully spit at Cisse? Make up your own mind: