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Jonjo Shelvey handed five-match ban for racial abuse

The Newcastle midfielder has seven days to appeal.

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NEWCASTLE MIDFIELDER JONJO Shelvey has been found guilty of using abusive and insulting words towards an opponent and has been slapped with a five-match ban by the Football Association.

The England international has also been fined £100,000 and ordered to attend an FA education course.

Shelvey was charged by the FA following an incident during September’s Championship match between Wolves and Newcastle, who lost 2-0 at Molineux.

The 24-year-old — who won the last of his six caps in 2015 — was found guilty of abusing Moroccan midfielder Romain Saiss.

Shelvey, who has been instrumental in Newcastle’s drive for an immediate return to the Premier League, was reported to the match referee by Saiss’s team-mates but he strongly denies making any such remarks.

“Jonjo Shelvey has been given a five-match suspension and £100,000 fine after an FA misconduct charge against him was found proven,” read the FA statement.

“The Newcastle United player was charged with using abusive and/or insulting words towards an opponent in the 87th minute of the game against Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday 17 September 2016.

“It was further alleged that this breach of Rule E3(1) was an “Aggravated Breach” as defined in Rule E3(2), as it included reference to ethnic origin and/or race and/or nationality.”

The former Liverpool and Swansea midfielder has seven days to appeal.

Newcastle said they would wait to see the FA’s written judgement before ‘making any further comment on the matter’.

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