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 By Andy Mitten

Jonny Evans needs Man United fans' support to play his best football

The Football Association has charged both Papiss Cisse and Jonny Evans for their spitting altercation on Wednesday's Premier League match between Newcastle and Manchester United.

It wasn't only the 3,000 travelling Manchester United fans high up in the third tier at St James' Park who missed two players spitting in Wednesday's Premier League game at Newcastle, the match officials and both benches missed it too.

Everyone witnessed the outraged reaction from Cisse in the stadium, while the slow motion, HD television replays provided clear evidence of spitting for those watching at home. Evans has vehemently denied that he intended to spit at the Senegalese and will respond...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Jonny Evans pleads not guilty in Cisse spitting case

The Football Association has charged both Papiss Cisse and Jonny Evans for their spitting altercation on Wednesday's Premier League match between Newcastle and Manchester United.

Manchester United defender Jonny Evans has pleaded not guilty to spitting at Newcastle striker Papiss Cisse and will have his case heard on Friday night.

The 27-year-old Northern Ireland international had until 6 p.m.  to respond to the charge levelled at both men under the Football Association's Rule E1[a] on Thursday, and disciplinary chiefs have announced that he is to fight it.

An FA statement, released via its official Twitter account, read: "Manchester United's Jonny Evans denies FA...

 By Mike Whalley

Jordan Henderson is not Liverpool's new Steven Gerrard - Brendan Rodgers

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says they had opportunities to make the game more comfortable but is delighted with the result.
ESPN FC's Steve Nicol and Craig Burley discuss Liverpool's 2-0 triumph over Burnley and how Brendan Rodgers' side has turned it around this season.
ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop gives his opinion on how Brendon Rodgers and Liverpool should treat Steven Gerrard for the rest of his time at Anfield.

LIVERPOOL -- Jordan Henderson is not the new Steven Gerrard -- and any comparisons between them are unfair, according to Brendan Rodgers.

Henderson, 24, has captained the Reds in each of the last four matches as Gerrard battles a hamstring problem.

The former England captain will have a fitness test ahead of Sunday's FA Cup quarterfinal at home to Championship side Blackburn.

One option for Liverpool manager Rodgers is to retain Henderson as captain and start with Gerrard on the bench.

The young...

 By Tony Mabert

Evans-Cisse spitting row, MLS strike averted, Ronaldo does return U-turn

ESPN FC's Craig Burley and Ross Dyer discuss whether a potential six-game ban for spitting would fit the crime following the spitting incident between Jonny Evans and Papisse Cisse.

This week's roundup of the biggest news stories sees the big kickoff in MLS finally get the green light, unpleasant behaviour on and off the pitch, and a true legend of the game reneging on a promised comeback.

1. Discrimination nation (Monday, March 2)

Figures released at the start of the week made for sad reading, with a report revealing that reported incidents of discrimination have been significantly on the rise since the start of the season.

Reports to anti-racism group Kick It Out have risen...