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Manchester United: Spitting Jonny Evans pleads the Winslow Boy denfence

by | 21st, March 2015

Jonny Evans spitting

 

Banned for spitting at Newcastle United’s Papiss Cisse who then returned fire with interest Manchester United’s Jonny Evans is talking to the Times .  The headline “If I’d genuinely spat, Mum and Dad would have been disgusted” gives readers heads-up as to what the kind of nonsense they can expect.

This is no mea culpa. This is me a victim. Banned for six matches for his part in that exchange of bodily fluids, the caption beneath Evans’ face tells readers the spitting is “alleged”.

James Ducker says this is Evans telling his side of the story. But it looks a lot like the Times is cocking an overly sympathetic ear, a feeling compounded by the accompanying photo of Cisse gobbing at Evans but no photo of Evans clearing his throat at Cisse.

It’s all promising to be not a lot unlike the case of The Winslow Boy,  Terence Rattigan’s play about Ronnie Winslow, a lad accused and found guilty of stealing a postal order. The stain on the family name would be intolerable, so his family sue the State for his pardon. Eventually, they win but the fight has ruined them in other ways.

Evans is adamant that he is the injured party. But the more he tries to convince the crowd, the less worthwhile the enterprise becomes.

It’s worth repeating what the Football Association regulatory commission said of it:

“It is clear that Mr Evans is looking directly and indeed aggressively at Mr Cisse. His lips are ‘pursed’ and he is close to Mr Cisse. If he was, as alleged to be the case, a person who ‘habitually spits’, then the commission were concerned as to why he did not turn his head away from Mr Cisse when so spitting.

“If that had been a family member or indeed another team member or his manager in front and below him would he still have carried out the same manoeuvre?

“Mr Evans had (and has) a duty of care, if spitting for whatever reason, not to direct the same in the general direction of an opponent, or indeed anyone else. The video clips clearly show that he failed in his duty of care.

“There may, in some quarters, be substantial sympathy for Mr Evans, but the video evidence shows that he did what he did, and the ordinary man in the street will find his action to be simply disgusting and should not be allowed in any walk of life, let alone on any football field.”

Back to Evans and his mum and dad:

“I did not have the intent to spit at an opponent, so when the FA charged me with that I could never accept it. To spit at anyone is one of the most disgusting things you can do; it’s low and it’s cheap. I would never think to spit at someone. You just look like an idiot.”

From spitting at someone, Evans is now a

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