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Jonny Evans: 'I did not spit at Papiss Cisse'

Manchester United defender Jonny Evans has released a statement denying allegations that he spat at Papiss Cisse during last night's game against Newcastle United.

Jonny Evans Credit: Press Association

In a statement released on Manchester United's website he said:

"Having woken up this morning I am shocked to have seen the media coverage from last night’s match. I would like to make it clear that I did not spit at Papiss Cisse.

"I was totally unaware of any spitting incident and had assumed that the issue at the time was with the challenge and his attempted retaliation to the tackle from the floor. During the game Papiss Cisse and I spoke about the incident and it is clear by my reaction in the television footage that I was totally surprised by any suggestion of spitting.

"It is not in my character or in my nature to spit at anybody nor is it something I have ever done or would ever do. It is certainly not something that I did last night."

Newcastle striker Papiss Cisse has issued a statement apologising for his part in the incident between him and Evans during the Premier League match at St James' Park.

Newcastle United's Papiss Demba Cisse squares up to Manchester United's Jonny Evans during the Barclays Premier League match Credit: Richard Sellers/PA Wire.