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Evans and Cisse bans highlight leniency in FA suspensions

The FA has banned Jonny Evans for six games and Papiss Cisse for seven games for spitting at each other during a match last week.

Manchester United defender Evans denied the offence while Newcastle striker Cisse has apologised for his part in the incident.

The Senegal international has been handed a seven match ban as he has previously been suspended this season – back in December for elbowing Everton’s Seamus Coleman.

Neither player is able to appeal against their bans, which come into force with immediate effect.

Maybe the pair should have just fought it out with their fists. Judging by some previous bans that the FA has handed out for fighting, they would have recieved lighter suspensions.

Remember back in 2005, Newcastle team mates Lee Bowyer and Kieron Dyer turned on each other after Dyer refused to pass the ball to Bowyer. The pair had to be seperated by the rest of their team mates as well as Aston Villa players, their opponents at the time. Dyer was hit with a three game ban while Bowyer earned himself a four match suspension as well as a $200,000 fine as he was deemed to be the aggressor.

If Evans and Cisse had used their heads, literally, they might well have got off with lighter sentences, too. Marouane Fellaini was handed a three game ban for headbutting Ryan Shawcross in a match between Everton and Stoke in 2012. The Belgian midfielder apologised to the centre-back after the game, in the same way that Cisse apologised after his misdemeanour.

This is not to say that Evans and Cisse should have more lenient punishments for their appauling actions, rather that the FA should increase sanctions for a number of other offences.

Another point worth making is that both players picked up six game bans for the act of spitting, despite the fact that one still denies any wrongdoing and one has publically admitted the offence and apologised to all who witnessed the incident, and to Evans himself. However, despite his acknowledgement of his wrong doings, Cisse recieves the same punishment as Evans. In fact, to rub a little more salt in the wounds, the Senegalese front man will spend one extra game on the sidelines due to a previous indiscretion.

The lesson from the FA here is, fight out any issues you might have with your opponent and then deny it, you’ll probably recieve a shorter ban.

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