Newcastle United midfielder Jonjo Shelvey has been handed a five-match ban and fined £100,000 for using abusive and/or insulting words.
The 24-year-old, who has eight international caps for England, has scored three goals and provided seven assists in 26 appearances in all competitions for the Magpies so far this season.
Shelvey was charged by the Football Association following the central midfielder’s incident with Wolverhampton Wanderers’ Moroccan midfielder Romain Saiss during Newcastle’s 2-0 defeat on September 17.
Newcastle, who top the Championship standings heading into Christmas having won 16 of their opening 22 league fixtures, revealed that they will wait to see the FA’s written reasons before making any further comment on the matter.
In addition, it was alleged that this breach of Rule E3(1) was an “Aggravated Breach” as defined in Rule E3(2), as it included reference to ethnic origin and/or race and/or nationality.
Shelvey, who denied the charge at an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing, has also been ordered to attend an FA education course.