Newcastle's Shelvey hit with FA misconduct charge

LONDON: Newcastle United midfielder Jonjo Shelvey has been charged with misconduct for using abusive and/or insulting language towards a Wolverhampton Wanderers player, the FA said on Tuesday.

"It is alleged that in or around the 87th minute of the (Championship) fixture (on Sept. 17), he (Shelvey) used abusive and/or insulting words towards an opponent," said an FA statement on the governing body's website (

"It is further alleged that this breach of Rule E3(1) is an “Aggravated Breach” as defined in Rule E3(2), as it included reference to ethnic origin and/or race and/or nationality."

Newcastle had Vurnon Anita sent off in the same minute of the match, which ended in a 2-0 defeat for Newcastle.

Shelvey, 24, has until Nov. 16 to respond to the charge.

Newcastle are three points clear at the top of the Championship table after 16 games.