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Karanka confident for Nottingham Forest clash

Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka says his side are feeling confident ahead of this weekend's trip to Nottingham Forest.

The Championship leaders beat Forest 3-0 at the Riverside on Boxing Day with goals from George Friend, Jelle Vossen and Grant Leadbitter.

Karanka expects a tough match against an in-form Forest but he believes December's result will give his team added confidence.

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'This kind of behaviour is not acceptable' says Lee Charnley

Papiss Cissé has accepted an FA charge in relation to the "spitting incident" between himself and Manchester United defender Jonny Evans, which took place during the clubs' Premier League match on Saturday 4th March.

Newcastle suffered a 1-0 defeat to Manchester United at St James' Park. Cissé and Evans became involved in an angry first-half exchange, and television replays suggest that the pair resorted to spitting.

Managing Director for NUFC, Lee Charnley, has released a full statement:

Both ourselves and Papiss agree that this kind of behaviour is not acceptable. In life, when you do something wrong you have to front up, admit your mistakes and accept the punishment.

Papiss was proactive this morning in making a full and heartfelt apology, which he did in advance of any notification from the FA regarding this charge. This was something he felt strongly about and we fully support him in quickly accepting the charge.

Papiss is known to many of our region's schools, community groups and junior football teams for his involvement in the work of the Newcastle United Foundation.

He has this evening expressed to us his strong desire to engage in additional community activities during the period of his ban. He is particularly keen to use his position as a role model to encourage young and influential fans to engage in sport and learn lessons about the importance of fair play and personal conduct.

– Lee Charnley, Managing Director for

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

Manchester United defender Jonny Evans has released a statement regarding the match against Newcastle United at St James' Park:

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

Cissé accepts FA charge after 'spitting' at Evans

Striker Papiss Cissé has accepted an FA charge after allegedly spitting at Jonny Evans in Wednesday's Premier League match at St James' Park, Newcastle have announced.

Cissé has apologised for the incident. Credit: PA Wire

Managing Director Lee Charnley has now said:

"Both ourselves and Papiss agree that this kind of behaviour is not acceptable.

In life, when you do something wrong you have to front up, admit your mistakes and accept the punishment.

Papiss was proactive this morning in making a full and heartfelt apology, which he did in advance of any notification from the FA regarding this charge.

This was something he felt strongly about and we fully support him in quickly accepting the charge. Papiss is known to many of our region's schools, community groups and junior football teams for his involvement in the work of the Newcastle United Foundation.

He has this evening expressed to us his strong desire to engage in additional community activities during the period of his ban.

He is particularly keen to use his position as a role model to encourage young and influential fans to engage in sport and learn lessons about the importance of fair play and personal conduct."

– Papiss Cissé

Cissé has been Newcastle's most prolific goalscorer this season, scoring eleven goals:

  • Papiss Cissé - 11 goals
  • Pérez - 5 goals
  • Jack Colback - 3 goals
  • Moussa Sissoko - 3 goals
  • Rolando Aarons - 2 goals
  • Sammy Ameobi - 2 goals
  • Yoan Gouffran - 2 goals
  • Emmanuel Riviere - 2 goals

The Senegal forward could face a ban of up to seven matches.

The Magpies have only ten games left in the Premier League this season.

Paralympics GB hold event in North East

Paralympian gold medallist Stephen Miller with young sport enthusiasts Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

The North East is the proud home to several paralympian heroes, including the field athlete Stephen Miller, swimmer Josef Craig and wheelchair racer Jade Jones.

Today, all three gave their backing to a sports festival in Durham to encourage people with disabilites to become involved in sport and maybe even one day compete for their country.

Event provided an opportunity to give disability sport a go Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

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Cissé and Evans charged over spitting incident

Referee Anthony Taylor separates Manchester United's Jonny Evans and Newcastle United's Papiss Demba Cissé Credit: Richard Sellers/PA Wire

Papiss Cissé and Jonny Evans have both been charged by the Football Association for allegedly spitting at each other.

The Newcastle striker and the Manchester United defender have been charged with a breach of FA Rule E1[a] following an incident in Wednesday night's Barclays Premier League clash between the clubs at St James' Park which was not seen by the match officials.

An FA statement read: "Newcastle United's Papiss Cissé and Manchester United's Jonny Evans have both been charged by the FA following their game yesterday [Wednesday 4 March 2015].

"The charges are in relation to an alleged breach of FA Rule E1[a] in that in or around the 38th minute of the game the two players spat at each other. The incidents were not seen by the match officials but caught on video."

Cissé releases statement over spitting incident

“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 Cissé, Newcastle Utd

Jonny Evans denies spitting at Papiss Cissé

Manchester United defender Jonny Evans has denied spitting at Newcastle forward Papiss Cissé during the Barclays Premier League match between the sides on Wednesday night.

Newcastle United's Papiss Demba Cissé has words with Manchester United's Jonny Evans Credit: PA Wire

In a statement issued on the club website Evans has 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 Cissé.

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 Cissé 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, Manchester United
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