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FA charge Cisse and Evans over 'spitting row'

Newcastle United striker Papiss Cisse and Manchester United defender Jonny Evans have both been charged by the Football Association after allegedly spitting at each other during a game.

Both players have until 6pm on Friday to respond to the charge.

Newcastle United's Papiss Demba Cisse with Manchester United's Jonny Evans. Credit: PA Wire

Massimo Cellino ban as Leeds United owner extended

Cellino has been banned for the remainder of the season. Credit: PA

The Football League has extended its ban on Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino.

The Italian was initially disqualified from all football related activity until April 10th, but this has been put prolonged until May 3rd.

The decision comes after Cellino failed to produce necessary court documents relating to his time as Cagliari owner in good time.

The Football League, Leeds United and Massimo Cellino have settled the outstanding disciplinary proceedings relating to the club’s non-disclosure of the Italian Court’s judgment regarding Mr. Cellino, as required under League regulations.

The club and Mr. Cellino have decided in the interests of the club, its players and supporters not to contest this charge. As a result, Mr. Cellino’s period of disqualification as a ‘relevant person’, as defined by the regulations, has now been extended from April 10 until May 3, the day after the conclusion of the 2014/15 league season.

Mr Cellino's right to challenge the decision of the Professional Conduct Committee under Football Association Rule K is unaffected by this settlement.

– Football League statement


Van Gaal: Man United defender 'unaware' he was spitting

Papiss Cisse wasn't happy. Credit: PA

Louis van Gaal has defended Jonny Evans over allegations he spat at Papiss Cisse.

The Manchester United boss says his centre-back was unaware that he was spitting at the time.

"He wasn't aware that he was spitting. When he was spitting on the ground maybe that is a natural thing from a human being. It was not his intention."

Aston Villa announce the return of Stiliyan Petrov

Tim Sherwood has confirmed that Stiliyan Petrov will return to Aston Villa as a first team coach.

Former midfielder Petrov was on Villa's books as a player when he was diagnosed with leukaemia in March 2012.

The Premier League club supported Petrov throughout his battle with the disease right up until he announced his retirement from football in May 2013.

Petrov joined the Villains in 2006 and made more than 200 first team appearances.

Manager Tim Sherwood told the club's official website:

Stan will always a place at this football club while I'm the manager. It's important for legends to come back to the club.

But I don't want him to be a mascot here. I want him to contribute and he certainly can contribute. Stiliyan can add an awful lot to the football club.

He knows the boys and he's well respected among the group. I think it's important to have as many people who know the fabric of the football club here. He's well and he's raring to go.

– Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood

Newcastle striker Cisse sorry for spitting at Evans

Papiss Cisse is sorry. Credit: PA

Papiss Cisse has apologised for this part in the spitting incident involving Jonny Evans on Wednesday.

The Newcastle striker said he spat in retaliation to something Evans had done and regrets letting the club down.

I have apologies to make to a lot of people today. Firstly to my teammates and to our supporters, secondly to Jonny Evans, and thirdly to every football fan who saw the incident between myself and Jonny.

I reacted to something I found very unpleasant. Sometimes it is hard not to react, particularly in the heat of the moment. I have always tried hard to be positive a role model, especially for our young fans, and yesterday I let you down.

I hope children out there playing football for their clubs and schools this weekend will know better than to retaliate when they are angry. Perhaps when they see the problem it now causes me and my team they will be able to learn from my mistake, not copy it.

– Papiss Cisse


Man City keeper Hart: We don't care about criticism

Joe Hart only cares about the manager. Credit: PA

Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart says only manager Manuel Pellegrini's opinion counts, not those of outside detractors.

City got back to winning ways, after consecutive losses against Barcelona and Liverpool, with a 2-0 victory over Leicester on Tuesday.

We've had criticism off people who don't particularly matter to us. What matters is what our manager thinks, and what we think as players. We showed where our heads are at with this result.

We'll keep trying to win every game we've got, same as we have done for the past couple of years, when we've been chasing titles and cups.

– Joe Hart

Roy Keane summoned to court over alleged road rage

Roy Keane has been ordered to appear in court following an alleged road rage incident involving a taxi driver in January.

A court summons has been posted to Keane's address. Credit: PA

The Republic of Ireland assistant manager is said to have entered into an altercation in Altrincham town centre on the morning of January 30th.

A statement from Greater Manchester Police today confirmed:

A summons was posted on March 2, 2015, for Roy Keane, 43, to his home address in Hale, to appear before Trafford magistrates court on March 31, 2015, for a Section 4A Public Order offence.

This is in relation to an incident on Friday, January 30, when police were called to Ashley Road, Altrincham to a report that a man had behaved aggressively towards another man.

– Greater Manchester Police statement

Man United defender Evans denies spitting

Papiss Cisse wasn't happy with Jonny Evans. Credit: PA

Jonny Evans said he did not spit at Newcastle United striker Papiss Cisse during their match on Wednesday.

The Senegalese international complained about the Manchester United defender's actions, but Evans strenuously denies the allegation.

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.

– Jonny Evans

Arsene Wenger urges Arsenal to be more ambitious

Arsene Wenger remains convinced that being more ambitious in attack will prove the best form of defence as Arsenal look to stay in the top four of the Premier League.

Wenger wants Arsenal to keep attacking. Credit: PA

The Gunners recorded a seventh win in the last eight league matches when beating relegation-battlers QPR 2-1 at Loftus Road on Wednesday night with goals from Olivier Giroud and Alexis Sanchez.

Arsenal sit a point ahead of Manchester United, their FA Cup quarter-final opponents, and four behind second-place Manchester City.

Giroud's second-half opener came following a swift counter-attack after Arsenal had soaked up plenty of pressure.

Wenger, though, expects to see his team always stay on the front foot.

I wanted the team to continue to attack, because we are not a team that can sit off and wait for the teams who commit and get them only on the break. We need to master possession and we did that well.

– Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger
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