Jonjo Shelvey says he’ll keep letting his feet do his talking in the Premier League.
Shelvey was outstanding in the first half of Newcastle United’s Championship-winning campaign.
The midfielder, preparing for the new season in Ireland with his team-mates, was handed a five-game ban last December after an independent disciplinary commission found him guilty of using racially aggravated language towards an opponent.
Shelvey strenously denied the accusation, and Rafa Benitez stood by him.
“Rafa gave me Christmas off, so I went back home and spent it with my family,” said Shelvey. “It was a case of supporting the team off the pitch. I came up on Boxing Day and we got beat by Sheffield Wednesday.
“It was just horrible to watch when you know you can’t help your team.”
Asked if he learnt from the episode, Shelvey said: “No, because I didn’t say what it was printed out to be. If it was in any court of law, I would have been found not guilty.
“You just have to deal with it and get on with it.”
Shelvey – who also had a dismissal against Nottingham Forest overturned during an eventful campaign – said he tried not to pay any attention to the negative headlines.
“I don’t really listen to what goes on in the press,” he said.
“I’m not one to come out and do loads of interviews. I like to keep myself to myself.
“I’m not going to sit around and cry about things. It’s gutting when you don’t picked, or nasty things are said about you, but that’s life.
“It’s about how you deal with these things.”