Jonjo Shelvey has landed a misconduct charge, with the FA confirming the Newcastle midfielder is in the dock over ‘referencing ethnicity, race or nationality.’
The charge relates to an incident which allegedly occurred during the Magpies’ 2-0 Championship loss to Wolves at St James’ Park on September 17.
A statement from the FA on Tuesday said: “It is alleged that in or around the 87th minute of the fixture, he (Shelvey) used abusive and/or insulting words towards an opponent.
“It is further alleged that this breach of Rule E3(1) is an “Aggravated Breach” as defined in Rule E3(2), as it included reference to ethnic origin and/or race and/or nationality.”
Newcastle’s Vurnon Anita was sent off in the 87th minute of the game following a challenge on Wolves substitute Ivan Cavaleiro, although there is no suggestion Shelvey’s charge relates to that incident.
Shelvey has until November 16 to respond to the charge.
Shelvey, 24, who has won six caps for England, joined Newcastle from Swansea in January, but could not prevent the club’s relegation to the Championship.
He has played in all of Newcastle’s league games so far this season, though, as the Magpies top the table by three points.