Papiss Cisse is facing a six match ban for spitting at Jonny Evans in response to Evans spitting at the Newcastle forward first.
It sounds like something that school children are reprimanded for rather than something that adults, even adults who play football for a living, do to each other. None the less, there is video evidence to convict both Jonny Evans and Papiss Cisse of spitting at each other as a collision escalated at St James Park on Wednesday. The referee didn't see the incident so the FA is free to review it and mete out retrospective justice. The six match bans will be enforced assuming that neither player provides compelling evidence that it shouldn't by Friday, March 6.
Jonny Evans and Papiss Cisse have both been charged by the FA for their respective roles in the spitting incident in yesterday's match between Manchester United and Newcastle United at St James Park.
Video evidence shows that Jonny Evans spit at Cisse after the two collided during the run of play. Further evidences shows that Cisse retaliated in kind. Unless one or both players lodges and wins an appeal, both will be suspended for six matches. Given the video evidence, it seems unlikely that any appeal would be successful. Least of all for Evans who instigated the incident. Remarkable that spitting can be reviewed and get you six matches when Ashley Barnes' near leg-breaker on Nemanja Matic can't be reviewed and would only have gotten him three matches if it had been reviewed. The players have until Friday to respond.
Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany was dropped to freshen up the side after their damaging loss at Liverpool, says manager Manuel Pellegrini.
Kompany was an unused substitute for the 2-0 victory over bottom club Leicester following a run of poor form which has lasted for much of the season. Pellegrini made five changes to his side after back-to-back defeats and said his captain "took it very well and without any problems. It was to refresh the team as it was for all those players." Martin Demichelis and Eliaquim Mangala were the defensive pairing that helped keep a clean sheet and Pellegrini refused to comment on whether Kompany would return for City's next game against Burnley.
West Ham have announced Winston Reid penned a new contract after a agreeing a 6.5 year deal to end months of speculation although the Hammers may have to wait a while before seeing their newly signed defender back in action after injury curtailed his involvement against Chelsea.
Reid picked up a calf injury within minutes of the game at the Boleyn Ground affording James Collins his first significant contribution since January following back and hamstring problems. Although the extent of the injury is not yet known soft tissue damage can typically sideline a player for between 10-21 days dependent upon the extent of the damage which will be confirmed over the next 24/48 hours. With no BPL fixtures this weekend West Ham are free for another 10 days – after their FA Cup exit - which means Winston Reid could have a chance of making the Arsenal game, however Allardyce has options with Guy Demel and Joey O’Brien able to slot into the back four if he is ruled out.
Philipp Wollscheid will be assessed after a groin injury forced the German central defender off at the Britannia Stadium in GW28 as Stoke increased the pressure on Roberto Martinez [and Everton] cruising to victory to put the Potters 8th in the league.
Mark Hughes has a number of defensive concerns to deal with currently having lost skipper Ryan Shawcross to a back problem [inflamed disc] while Marc Muniesa is recovering from a grade two hamstring tear and Erik Pieters is managing his painful return following surgery [Hernia]. However with 10 days until their next Premier League fixture – West Brom [A] – Wollscheid could have a chance of returning should a scan reveal little or no fibre damage although Stoke do have options with Geoff Cameron, Andy Wilkinson and Dionatan Teixeira able to play if needed.
Arsenal suffered another injury blow on Wednesday when the Brazilian defender Gabriel Paulista limped off during the first half at Loftus Road after tweaking his hamstring.
The January signing made his first league start in the win over Everton on Sunday at the expense of Per Mertesacker and retained his place in the team as defensive partner Laurent Koscielny was rested. However after a particularly bruising contest with Bobby Zamora the central defender departed with a thigh injury which could mean around 2-3 weeks out although Gabriel will need a scan. The game also marked the return of Aaron Ramsey to the Gunners bench while Francis Coquelin was passed fit to play in a protective mask after breaking his nose in GW27 – Wojciech Szczesny [illness] and Nacho Monreal [back] missed out but the pair could return for the FA Cup this weekend.
Garry Monk confirmed post-match on Wednesday that striker Bafetimbi Gomis had been taken to hospital as a precaution following his collapse on the field of play moments after Tottenham opened the scoring.
Since his teenage years Gomis has suffered from vasovagal episodes [fainting] caused by a drop in his blood pressure although the striker has not had any issues since moving from Lyon last summer. Medical tests previously - in particular back in 2009 when the player fainted three times in one season [twice in a week] - have found no way to effectively manage the condition and despite the obvious worry caused to team mates and back room staff [by his blackouts] the player himself is not overly concerned. With 12 days until their next Premier League fixture Gomis should be okay but given his lack of form Monk may decide to remove his striker from the limelight and afford Nelson Oliveira or Marvin Emnes an opportunity for a run within the first team.
Manchester City returned to winning ways as David Silva's close-range goal increased battling Leicester City's relegation worries.
This was far from an easy win for City, but the three points is all that matters, Silva struck from close range right on half time following Wes Morgan's brilliant block of the Spaniard's first effort, but Leicester played well and were denied a penalty when Fernando tripped Andrej Kramaric on the edge of Man City's area.
Riyad Mahrez's also struck the post but James Milner killed the game off two minutes from time to complete a 2-0 win.