Newcastle’s Shelvey faces FA discrimination charge

Jonjo Shelvey

Shelvey has played 19 times for Newcastle this season

Newcastle United midfielder Jonjo Shelvey has been charged with using abusive language about an opponent’s race, ethnicity or nationality.

The incident occurred in the 87th minute of Newcastle’s 2-0 Championship defeat against Wolves on 17 September.

The Football Association says the misdemeanour was an “aggravated breach” of rules, and if found guilty the 24-year-old faces a minimum five-game ban.

He has until 16 November to respond.

Newcastle had Netherlands midfielder Vurnon Anita sent off in the same minute of the game.

If found guilty Shelvey will miss, at a minimum, a trip to Leeds on 20 November, a home match with Blackburn, the EFL Cup trip to Hull City, an away fixture at Nottingham Forest and Birmingham City’s visit to St James’ Park on 10 December.

The Magpies sit top of the Championship, three points clear of Brighton, and Shelvey has been one of their stand-out performers, as well as contributing three goals in 16 league appearances.

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