Newcastle midfielder Jonjo Shelvey has been charged by the Football Association for using racist language towards an opponent.
The incident occurred in Newcastle’s 2-0 loss to Wolverhampton Wanderers at the St. James Park, earlier in the season. Shelvey reportedly insulted Wolves’ Moroccan star, Romain Saïss.
Saïss’ understanding of English is said to be limited, and the insult was reported to the matchday referee, Tim Robinson, by one of his teammates. The FA decided to charge the 24-year old after interviewing several Wolves players. Shelvey however is yet to respond to the charge.
Shelvey has until the 16th of November to respond, and faces a 5-game ban if found guilty.
Prior to May 2013, there was no set regulation for the punishment of racial insults. In 2011, John Terry received a 4-match ban and Luis Suarez received an 8-match ban, both for racial insults. After May 2013, the FA ruled that any discrimination-based insult would attract a minimum of a 5-match ban.
A suspension to Shelvey would be a huge blow to Newcastle, who currently sit atop the Championship table.