The Football Association has charged Newcastle midfielder Jonjo Shelvey for allegedly using racially aggravated language towards a Wolves player two months ago.
Shelvey has until November 16 to answer the charge, which stems from their Sky Bet Championship clash on September 17, a game Rafa Benitez’s side lost 2-0 at St James’ Park.
An FA statement read: “It is alleged that in or around the 87th minute of the fixture, he used abusive and/or insulting words towards a Wolves player.
“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.”
The charge comes after a lengthy investigation into the incident and, should Shelvey accept it, he would face a minimum five-match ban.
Should he reject the charge, Shelvey would have to go before an Independent Commission to determine whether he is guilty.