Paul Scholes STILL thinks ex-Man United team-mate Jonny Evans didn’t spit at Newcastle’s Papiss Cisse

altercation ... Papiss Cisse and Jonny Evans during Wednesday night's game.
altercation ... Papiss Cisse and Jonny Evans during Wednesday night's game.

PAUL Scholes is STILL adamant that his former team-mate Jonny Evans didn’t spit at Newcastle United Papiss Demba Cisse.

And the ex-Manchester United midfielder has branded Cisse’s reaction to Evans’ aggression – the defender appeared to spit in the direction of the striker – as “horrible”.

Scholes was a TV pundit for Wednesday night’s game at St James’s Park, and he said on air that Evans did not mean to spit at Cisse, who has accepted a Football Association charge and seven-game ban.

Evans, however, is contesting the charge.

“I don’t think Jonny ever intended to spit at Cisse,” said Scholes. “Clearly, what Cisse thought had happened provoked a response in him.

“I can understand that he was upset, but his reaction was horrible. He got right in close to Jonny and spat into his neck.

“The FA also charged Jonny who had earlier protested his innocence. I agree with him, I think he spat at the ground rather than his opponent.”