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Newcastle head coach John Carver has hit back at Phil Neville's suggestion that his players are already on the beach after their Premier League defeat at Everton.
Carver was furious at comments made by the Match of the Day pundit in the wake of his side's 3-0 surrender at Goodison Park last Sunday in which he voiced the opinion that some members of the Magpies squad "had their flip-flops on".
The 50-year-old said:
I was pretty angry when I heard it because he couldn't be any further from the truth. I think it's insulting and I think it's wrong, especially from ex-players. I'm sure if they were playing now, they wouldn't like the comments, as I didn't.
What I did do was to inform the players about what these people had been saying. I thought it was important that they knew. Now it's down to ourselves to show those people out there that we've not got our flip-flops on - although we might today, because it's sunny!
Newcastle have failed to overturn Fabricio Coloccini's red card for serious foul play in the match against Everton on March 15, the Football Association has announced.
The defender will now immediately start a three-match suspension.
Everton's season turned a significant corner as a first home league win of 2015 against 10-man Newcastle eased growing worries of a relegation battle.
Midfielder James McCarthy's first goal since May was followed in the second half by Romelu Lukaku's 17th of the campaign, one more than he managed in the whole of last season, before Newcastle captain Fabricio Coloccini was sent off and Ross Barkley made it 3-0 in added time.
Newcastle head coach John Carver has admitted he could not defend striker Papiss Cisse after he spat at Manchester United defender Jonny Evans in retaliation.
The 29-year-old Senegal international will begin a seven-match ban on Sunday when his team-mates travel to Everton after accepting a Football Association improper conduct charge.
"The fact that Papiss owned up to it straight away, I wasn't going to sit here and defend him. I sat with him and I said, 'Listen, I can't defend you on this, you've done wrong and have to accept whatever punishment you get'.
"There's no place in the game for it. When you've played the game, it's one of the lowest forms of anything you can do on the pitch. A lot of players would have acted differently.
"He was provoked, and retaliating in the same manner is just as bad."
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.
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.
The Football Association are awaiting referee Anthony Taylor's match report before deciding whether to take action against Jonny Evans and Papiss Cissé over an alleged spitting incident.
Neither player was cautioned by Taylor during last night's Premier League match between Newcastle and Man United, despite both appearing to spit at each other during an unseemly flash point after 39 minutes.
It's unlikely Taylor spotted the incident because he decided against taking any action and, as such, both players can yet be punished by the FA retrospectively.
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