Manchester United defender Jonny Evans and Newcastle United striker Papiss Cisse have been charged by football association for spitting at each other.
The pair appeared to spit at each other during Wednesday’s Premier League game at St James’ Park.
Referee Anthony Taylor spoke to Evans and Cisse after the first-half incident, but neither was booked.
Last season, George Boyd was given a three-match ban for spitting at Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart. But from this season, FA disciplinary guidelines dictate that the penalty for such an offence is double that.
Cisse’s punishment could be even greater, given he was sent off for violent conduct in December for elbowing Everton’s Seamus Coleman.
FA guidelines indicate Cisse could receive an additional one-match ban.
A number of ex-players believe Evans and Cisse should be punished.
Former Newcastle midfielder Dietmar Hamann described the acts as “not acceptable” and “disgusting”, while former Manchester United defender Phil Neville added: “Both those players will be embarrassed.”
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