Newcastle’s Shelvey handed five-match ban for racial abuse

Midfielder also fined £100,000 after an ‘Aggravated Breach’ towards Wolves’ Moroccan midfielder Romain Saiss

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 20 December, 2016, 10:06pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 20 December, 2016, 10:34pm

Newcastle United midfielder Jonjo Shelvey has been banned for five matches and fined £100,000 (HK$954,000) for racially abusing an opponent, the English FA said on Tuesday.

Shelvey, 24, was charged with using abusive or insulting words towards Wolverhampton Wanderers’ Moroccan midfielder Romain Saiss in a Championship match in September.

“It was further alleged that this breach was an ‘Aggravated Breach’ as it included reference to ethnic origin and/or race and/or nationality,” the FA said.

Shelvey, who denied the charge at an independent hearing, was ordered to attend an FA education course.

The England international, who has also played for Liverpool and Swansea City, has seven days to appeal against the decision.