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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 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

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Referee report crucial in Newcastle v Man United game

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.

Evans and Cisse appeared to spit at each other. Credit: PA

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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Police arrest five people at anti-Islam Pegida rally

Police arrested five people during an anti-Islam Pegida demonstration in Newcastle. Credit: Richard Sellers/PA Wire

Police have arrested five people during Britain's first anti-Islam Pegida rally in Newcastle's city centre.

Northumbria Police said 375 people were on the Pegida rally while 2,000 joined a rival demonstration called 'Newcastle Unites'.

There was a brief scuffle involving members of far-right groups which temporarily damaged Pegida's PA system, a steward said, but there was no outbreak of major trouble.

Police said the arrests were for isolated incidents and both events passed off smoothly.

It was unclear which sides the five arrested men were from, and their alleged offences ranged from assault, to being drunk and disorderly and breach of the peace.

Newcastle Chief Superintendent Laura Young said: "Both demonstrations passed without any problems and I'd like to thank people in Newcastle for their cooperation and support throughout.

"The vast majority of those that took part in today's events were peaceful and both groups stuck to their agreed times, routes and plans."

Police out in force for Newcastle anti-Islam Pegida rally

Pegida supporters in Germany stand behind a police line. Credit: Reuters

A major police operation will be in place today for the first demonstration in Britain by the controversial anti-Islam group Pegida UK.

Opponents of the group are also rallying in Newcastle city centre, on what will be a busy day for Northumbria Police as it coincides with a Premier League football match.

Pegida organisers have pledged on Facebook that it is a peaceful organisation and not affiliated with right-wing extremists.

Opponents disagreed and have vowed to make the group, whose name translated from German means Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the West, feel unwelcome.

George Galloway MP and comedian Russell Brand have backed the counter demonstrators, who come under the banner Newcastle Unites.

It's not known how many people will support the first Pegida rally, although more than 800 people have indicated on Facebook that they will attend.

Gutierrez set to make emotional Newcastle return

Gutierrez could return for Newcastle this weekend. Credit: PA

Jonas Gutierrez could make an emotional return for Newcastle this weekend after winning his battle against testicular cancer.

The 31-year-old Argentina midfielder, who last featured for the Magpies at Cardiff on October 2, 2013, is in the squad for Saturday's Barclays Premier League clash with Aston Villa.

Head coach John Carver said: "I'm going to bring Jonas Gutierrez into the squad, and there's a possibility he could be on the bench this weekend.

"That's a huge lift for him, and for everyone else around the club, and certainly for the fans because I know how much they like him. I'm sure they'll give him a good reception."

Gutierrez was given the all-clear in November last year and returned to training on Tyneside the following month, since when he was been working his way back to match fitness.

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