Newcastle United have announced that midfielder Jonjo Shelvey has pleaded not guilty to an FA charge of misconduct.

The charge was in relation to an incident that is alleged to have taken place in Newcastle’s game against Wolverhampton Wanderers in September, with Shelvey having been involved in an exchange with opponent Romain Saiss. It has been alleged that Shelvey used racist language in the 87th minute of the fixture.

As reported by the club’s official website, Shelvey has now requested a personal hearing with the FA.

Newcastle released the following statement on their website: “Newcastle United can confirm that Jonjo Shelvey has today pleaded not guilty to an FA charge of misconduct in relation to an alleged incident during Newcastle United’s game against Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday, 17 September.

“The player has requested a personal hearing with the FA regarding this matter. The club will be making no further comment until the matter has been concluded.”

The 24-year-old joined Newcastle from Swansea City in January and has featured prominently for Rafael Benitez’s side so far this campaign.

Newcastle, who are currently top of the Championship, face Leeds United away on Saturday, although it remains to be seen if Shelvey will feature in that game.

A good distributor of the ball, Shelvey has been successful with 81% of his passes in the Championship this season, while he has created 32 chances for his team-mates.


Culled from Squawka