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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.
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Jonjo Shelvey ended a "perfect" week on Tyneside with a priceless victory which breathed new life into Newcastle's Premier League survival bid.
Saturday's 2-1 home win over West Ham, which came four days after a hard-fought 3-3 draw with Manchester United at St James' Park, lifted the Magpies out of the bottom three, for the time being at least, and created a new sense of optimism on Tyneside.
That was in part due to the impact made by £12m debutant Shelvey, who injected fresh impetus into a team which had previously ailed going forward.
The 23-year-old England international played a part in both his side's goals, and although he was later involved in an unseemly spat with Hammers striker Enner Valencia, it was a day to remember.
Shelvey told nufcTV: "It's an easy place to come and play football, to be honest with you. The fans are behind you, there are some tremendous players in that dressing room.
"It normally takes a little bit of time for players to settle, but I felt right at home.
"The players were reading my passes very well and people were getting into position, so it was just easy. I thought it would be a lot harder than it has been this week, but it has been perfect."
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