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'Absolute nonsense' Chris Evans denies rumours he's replacing Jeremy Clarkson on Top Gear

It was confirmed this week that Jeremy Clarkson's contract will not be renewed after an "unprovoked physical attack" on a Top Gear producer.However, despite rumours suggesting that BBC Radio 2 presenter Chris Evans would be replacing Clarkson, this has now been denied, with Evans labelling the rumours as "nonsense"."This is not true," he told listeners today.

It was confirmed this week that Jeremy Clarkson's contract will not be renewed after an "unprovoked physical attack" on a Top Gear producer.

However, despite rumours suggesting that BBC Radio 2 presenter Chris Evans would be replacing Clarkson, this has now been denied, with Evans labelling the rumours as "nonsense".

"This is not true," he told listeners today. "Not only is it not true, it's absolute nonsense.

"From what I've seen on Twitter and various social media, there's a 50/50 split approximately as to whether me being involved in the show is a good idea."

He continued: "In TV or radio, if you get a 50/50 love/hate reaction that usually equals massive hit. I used to work for [ratings body] BARB and knock on people's doors and this was the rule of thumb.

"However, I'm in the no camp. So regardless of whether it would be a hit, I'm voting a no for myself on that show, so that's never going to happen."

He added: "And that's the end of that. Now all the people waiting outside can go and have a cup of tea somewhere."

Evans is just six years younger than Clarkson and is a self-confessed car fanatic. He's thought to have spent millions on vintage cars in the past.

However, when the rumours first emerged that he would be replacing Clarkson as the host, this immediately divided fans of the show on Twitter.

Adam Richards posted: "If they replace @JeremyClarkson with Chris Evans I shall never watch #TopGear ever again!@BBC you are a joke for ruining the best show on tv."

Whilst Catherine Arthur added: "Hearing rumours about Chris Evans replaying #JeremyClarkson on #TopGear, disappointed they don't mean the American :U (sic)"

Weirdly, Evans has insisted on re-tweeting some of the negative posts this morning, around the same time as he denied the rumours to reporters.

Express
26/03
7 Points
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Sports Jonny Evans banned for SIX games and Papiss Cisse gets SEVEN-match spitting suspension

The FA also confirmed Cisse's seven match ban after Senegalese striker pleaded guilty to spitting at Evans following an altercation between the pair during Wednesday's Premier League clash at St James' Park.

The incident was not seen by referee Anthony Taylor but was caught on video.

Both players were charged by the FA after a three-man panel of former referees said both players should have been dismissed for their actions.

The suspensions will begin with immediate effect and neither player can appeal against the sanction.

"Both players were charged in relation to an alleged breach of FA Rule E1 in that in or around the 38th minute of the fixture they spat at each other," the FA said in a statement.

"Mr Cisse accepted the charge and his suspension consists of six matches, which is the standard penalty for this offence, with an additional one match as he has previously accepted a violent conduct charge this season.

"Mr Evans denied the charge but it was found proven following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing on Friday [6 March], resulting in a six-match suspension."

In the aftermath of the incident, Cisse, 29, apologised for his actions but Evans, 27, denied deliberately spitting at his opponent.

Evans will now miss United's FA Cup quarter-final match against Arsenal, followed by league games against Tottenham, Liverpool, Aston Villa, Manchester City and Chelsea.

Cisse, who is Newcastle's top scorer, will miss fixtures against Everton, Arsenal, Sunderland, Liverpool, Spurs, Swansea City and Leicester City.

Express
07/03
25 Points
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Sports Jonathan Walters threatens Papiss Cisse and Jonny Evans after spitting incident

If it happened to me and someone spat at my face or towards me then I think he’d be eating his supper through a straw that night."I wouldn’t be that happy. It’s the lowest of the low.".

The 31-year-old issued the threat after Cisse and Evans were charged by the FA following the spitting incident on Wednesday night.

Cisse has already accepted the charge, which carries an automatic six-game suspension.

However the ban for the Senegalese forward is likely to be extended to seven due to a three-game suspension earlier in the season for elbowing Everton's Seamus Coleman.

Evans denied intentionally spitting at Cisse and has until 6pm on Friday to respond to the charge.

But Walters was unimpressed with their actions and made his feelings clear on the matter.

He told talkSPORT: "As a player you take anything off the ball; pinches and kicks that are meant to wind you up.

"Little things like that go on in any match. But spitting is pretty low. If it happened to me and someone spat at my face or towards me then I think he’d be eating his supper through a straw that night.

"I wouldn’t be that happy. It’s the lowest of the low."

Express
06/03
9 Points
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Sports Newcastle's Papiss Cisse APOLOGISES for role in spitting row with Man Utd's Jonny Evans

It is certainly not something that I did last night."Louis van Gaal last night claimed he didn't see the incident but jumped to Evans' defence, saying: "I didn't see that from the bench. "During the game Papiss Cisse and I spoke about the incident and it is clear by my reaction in the television footage that I was totally surprised by any suggestion of spitting."It is not in my character or in my nature to spit at anybody nor is it something I have ever done or would ever do.

The Newcastle striker was involved in an unsavoury incident where he retaliated to Evans appearing to spit in his direction following an on-field clash.

And while Evans denied any knowledge of the incident and insists he did not spit at the Senegalese international, Cisse has shown remorse.

He said: "I have apologies to make to a lot of people today. Firstly to my teammates and to our supporters, secondly to Jonny Evans, and thirdly to every football fan who saw the incident between myself and Jonny.

"I reacted to something I found very unpleasant. Sometimes it is hard not to react, particularly in the heat of the moment. I have always tried hard to be a positive a role model, especially for our young fans, and yesterday I let you down.

"I hope children out there playing football for their clubs and schools this weekend will know better than to retaliate when they are angry. Perhaps when they see the problem it now causes me and my team they will be able to learn from my mistake, not copy it."

Earlier today Evans released a statement of his own, saying: "Having woken up this morning I am shocked to have seen the media coverage from last night’s match. I would like to make it clear that I did not spit at Papiss Cisse.

"I was totally unaware of any spitting incident and had assumed that the issue at the time was with the challenge and his attempted retaliation to the tackle from the floor.

"During the game Papiss Cisse and I spoke about the incident and it is clear by my reaction in the television footage that I was totally surprised by any suggestion of spitting.

"It is not in my character or in my nature to spit at anybody nor is it something I have ever done or would ever do. It is certainly not something that I did last night."

Louis van Gaal last night claimed he didn't see the incident but jumped to Evans' defence, saying: "I didn't see that from the bench. It's too far to see spitting, so I cannot judge that.

"But I cannot imagine that Jonny Evans, because he is a very modest person, that he could do that. I cannot imagine."

Both players could be banned for six games if found guilty of spitting with the FA set to review footage before making a decision on whether the duo will be charged.

Express
05/03
9 Points
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Sports Worst thing in football! Van Gaal and Carver give views on Cisse and Evans spit incident

I've not been made aware of the incident."Former United midfielder Paul Scholes, a pundit on BT Sport's coverage of the game, pointed the finger of blame at Cisse.The ex-England international said: "Jonny Evans is not that kind of guy.

Evans clashed with Newcastle striker Papiss Cisse as the Old Trafford side sealed a 1-0 victory at St James' Park to maintain their Champions League qualification hopes.

Both players seemed to accuse the other of spitting, as the pair had to be separated in the first-half flashpoint as Cisse trod on Evans, the centre-back spitting in the Senegal international's direction before being confronted by Newcastle's top scorer.

The United manager admitted he hadn't see the coming together - but insisted he would be surprised if Evans had been guilty of spitting.

Van Gaal said: "I didn't see that from the bench, it was too far away to see a spitting incident so I can't judge that.

"I can't imagine that from Jonny Evans though. He's a very modest person, I can't imagine he would do that. I've not been made aware of the incident."

Former United midfielder Paul Scholes, a pundit on BT Sport's coverage of the game, pointed the finger of blame at Cisse.

The ex-England international said: "Jonny Evans is not that kind of guy. What Cisse did afterwards is unforgivable."

John Carver will review the incident, and the Newcastle interim head coach said: "I am aware of it now, it's been brought to my attention, but I've not seen it. 

"I just saw a fracas by the half way line. The referee spoke to them both so I need to have a look at it myself. The players haven't said anything about it to me in the dressing room."

Asked if he would take action, Carver added: "You can't do it, can you? It's one of the worst things in football."

Cisse served a three-match ban earlier this season after the FA took retrospective action following an elbow on defender Seamus Coleman during the victory over Everton in December.

Express
05/03
24 Points
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Sports Manchester United’s Jonny Evans and Newcastle United’s Papiss Cisse appear to spit at each other

Manchester United defender Jonny Evans and Newcastle United forward Papiss Cisse spat at each other in a tense affair at St James’ Park.The United defender appeared to kick out at at the Senegalese forward, and when Cisse reacted Evans appeared to spit in his direction.This prompted Cisse to return the favour and spit back at Evans. MORE: Manchester United ‘could still complete £42m Radamel Falcao transfer’.

Manchester United defender Jonny Evans and Newcastle United forward Papiss Cisse spat at each other in a tense affair at St James’ Park.

The United defender appeared to kick out at at the Senegalese forward, and when Cisse reacted Evans appeared to spit in his direction.

This prompted Cisse to return the favour and spit back at Evans? ridiculous scenes.

The amazing thing about this is that neither of the players were sent off or even cautioned by referee Anthony Taylor!

MORE: Manchester United ‘could still complete £42m Radamel Falcao transfer’

Metro
05/03
24 Points
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