Newcastle United's Jonjo Shelvey to have racial abuse hearing before Christmas

Jonjo Shelvey for Newcastle United during the Premier League match with Everton at Goodison Park on February 3, 2016
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Newcastle United midfielder Jonjo Shelvey will argue against an FA charge of racist abuse at a hearing beginning in the week of December 19.

Newcastle United midfielder Jonjo Shelvey will argue his case against an FA charge of racist abuse in a hearing in the week beginning December 19.

Three weeks ago, the 24-year-old pleaded not guilty to racially abusing a Wolverhampton Wanderers player.

Shelvey is alleged to have used "abusive and/or insulting words" towards an opponent - believed to be Moroccan midfielder Romain Saiss - in the 87th minute of the Magpies' 2-0 defeat at St James' Park on September 17.

According to The Guardian, the case has been a lengthy process due to Saiss's limited grasp of the English language, while witnesses from the Wolves team have provided conflicting accounts.

The report adds that Shelvey has a witness who can back up claims that he did not say the words that he has been accused of uttering.

The former Liverpool midfielder could be give a five-match ban if found guilty of the charge.

General Views of St James Park before the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and Swansea City at St James Park on April 19, 2014
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