Newcastle midfielder Jonjo Shelvey is considering his options after receiving the written reasons for his failed attempt to defend a Football Association misconduct charge.
Press Association Sport understands the 24-year-old midfielder and the Magpies are now in possession of the relevant documents and they now have seven days in which to lodge an to appeal.
Shelvey was handed a five-game ban and a £100,000 fine on Tuesday for an aggravated breach of of rule E3(1) after being charged with "using abusive and/or insulting words towards an opponent" which "included reference to ethnic origin and/or race and/or nationality".
The charge related to an incident in the 87th minute of the Newcastle's 2-0 Sky Bet Championship defeat by Wolves at St James' Park on September 17 and is understood to have involved an exchange with the visitors' Moroccan midfielder Romain Saiss.
Should Shelvey and his advisers decide to appeal, he would be available for the Boxing Day clash with Sheffield Wednesday and thereafter until the case was heard, with the sanction having been set aside by the FA until the process is completed.
However, should he opt not to challenge the decision, the punishment would start immediately.
The FA too has a right of appeal if, after examining the written reasons, it feels the length of ban and/or the size of the fine are inappropriate.