NEWCASTLE United head coach John Carver admits he can’t defend Papiss Demba Cisse after the striker was banned for seven games for spitting at Manchester United defender Jonny Evans.
Evans was suspended for six games after being found guilty of spitting at Cisse, before the Senegalese striker responded with a spit of his own in last Wednesday’s game at St James’s Park.
Cisse was banned for one more game than Evans as he had already served a three-match ban for violent conduct earlier this season.
Carver says the pair were as guilty as each other, despite the fact Cisse was acting in retaliation, and the Newcastle boss never intended to defend his player over the incident.
He said: “We all know the rules and regulations – it was his second red card of the season, and for that you get another game.
“The fact that Papiss owned up to it straight away (meant) I wasn’t going to sit here and defend him.
“I sat with him and I said, ‘Listen, I can’t defend you on this, you’ve done wrong and have to accept whatever punishment you get’.
“There’s no place in the game for it. When you’ve played the game, it’s one of the lowest forms of anything you can do on the pitch.
“A lot of players would have acted differently. He was provoked, and retaliating in the same manner is just as bad.”