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Jonny Evans and Papiss Cisse in spit storm

Manchester United’s Jonny Evans and Newcastle United’s Papiss Cisse are both facing lengthy bans if the FA find them guilty of spitting at one another during Wednesday night’s game.

On Thursday, defender Evans released a statement saying:

“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 Cissé 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.”

In contrast, Senegalese striker Cisse issued this statement:

“I have apologies to make to a lot of people today. Firstly to my teammates and our supporters, secondly to Jonny Evans and thirdly to every football fan who saw the incident between myself and Jonny.

“I reacted to something I found very unpleasant. Sometimes it is hard not to react, particularly in the heat of the moment.”

If found guilty, the players will serve a minimum six game ban for the offence.

Here is the footage:

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