Jonjo Shelvey ‘disrespected’ Rafa Benitez vs Swansea
Newcastle 1 – Swansea 1
Neither Newcastle United nor Swansea City can be too happy with Saturday’s result.
With both sides knee-deep in the relegation dogfight, Newcastle and Swansea played out a 1-1 stalemate.
After a goalless first half, Swansea forward Jordan Ayew opened the scoring at St James’ Park.
But, after winning at Watford a few weeks ago, Carlos Carvahal was denied a second away win with Swansea as Joselu found a leveller in the 68th minute.
The result left Swansea at the foot of the Premier League with 17 points form 23 games.
Newcastle are 14th with 23 points on the board. The Magpies are three points above the drop zone.
Jonjo Shelvey ‘disrespected’ Rafa Benitez
Aside from the result, the big talking point for Newcastle fans after the Swansea game was the behaviour of midfielder Jonjo Shelvey.
Shelvey was subbed out the game in the final stages for Mikel Merino.
But when Shelvey trudged off the pitch, he refused to shake Rafa Benitez’s hand in a public display of frustration.
Shelvey has been linked with a move away from Newcastle this January. West Ham have been listed as a possible suitor.
For the record, Benitez was keen to play down the Shelvey incident after the game. The Spanish boss commented “it is normal for players to be disappointed in that situation” when he was quizzed about the incident.
Other Newcastle fans weren’t so forgiving.
Jonjo Shelvey was not happy about being substituted & it looked as if he slapped away Benitez’s offer of a handshake.
— Craig Hope (@CraigHope_DM) January 13, 2018
Shelvey disrespecting Rafa 😫maybe if he hadn’t spent 80 mins wasting set-pieces and contributing nothing he wouldn’t have been hauled off? Sack him off ASAP. We don’t need his type in this battle #nufc
— Jack (@JackStanley86) January 13, 2018
Absolute prick. Walks around the pitch looking totally disinterested, then takes the hump when he’s hauled off. Diame gets a lot of stick but he put a lot more into today’s game than Shelvey. https://t.co/yPomMfHamp
— Marc Duffy (@MarcSDuffy) January 13, 2018
Jonjo Shelvey slaps his own mam. Pass it on.
— Tuff. (@TuffNCL) January 13, 2018
I remember watching Jonjo Shelvey play for Swansea away to Oxford in the cup. He was close to signing for #nufc. It was the most abject and pathetic display I’d ever witnessed. He can pass a ball. That’s about it. Slapping Rafa’s hand away is a shameful action.
— Evin (@EvG_Football) January 13, 2018
There is a quality player in Jonjo Shelvey. At times, he can be immense. But he is never going to change. His behaviour towards the manager after being taken off was petulant, uncalled for and expected.
— NUFC 360 (@NUFC360) January 13, 2018
Shelvey fuming about coming off. Benitez tries to shake his hand and he slaps it away. #nufc
— David Coverdale (@dpcoverdale) January 13, 2018
Jonjo Shelvey can seriously piss off. Cretin.
— Randeep Singh Sangha (@DrRandeepSangha) January 13, 2018
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January 13, 2018 at 10:06AM