The 27-year-old reacted angrily during Manchester United’s 1-0 win at St James’ Park earlier this month with television replays appearing to show him spitting at the Magpies striker. Evans denied the charge but the Football Association decided his actions warranted a six-match ban. Cisse was banned for seven games after a clearer spit in the aftermath of the clash between the two players, with the extra game due to an earlier suspension for violent conduct. However, Evans still does not accept his part in the incident and says his family would have been “disgusted” with him if the allegations were true. “I did not have the intent to spit at an opponent, so when the FA charged me with that I could never accept it,” Evans told The Times. “To spit at anyone is one of the most disgusting things you can do; it’s low and cheap. I would never think to spit at someone. You just look like an idiot. “So I can totally understand there is an image around that, and in the British game and our society it’s not something that is accepted, and rightly so. “But I was able to go home and look my mum and dad in the eye because if I’d genuinely spat at someone I think they would have been disgusted in me. “It’s not the background I come from in Northern Ireland. My mum and dad would have given me a rollicking if I had done that.” Evans admitted that he is a ‘habitual’ spitter and has been pulled up on it by his wife Helen several times. He is now working to cut it out of his game and believes it could be a nervous habit. Evans added: “In training this week I turned to spit and thought, ‘No, I can’t spit’ and tried to stop myself. So that’s something I’m trying to work on.” Evans has still to serve part of his ban and will miss the Premier League games against Liverpool, Aston Villa, Manchester City and Chelsea. Press Association Manchester United defender Jonny Evans maintains he did not wilfully spit at Newcastle striker Papiss Cisse.
The last of four defendants was charged with first-degree murder Wednesday for the 2014 death of graduate student Xinran Ji.Alberto Ochoa, 21, will be sentenced in March after being convicted of murder, assault with a deadly weapon, second-degree robbery and attempted second-degree robbery, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said in a news release. “We certainly feel very rewarded and consoled [with] the fact that the last [defendant] is also being convicted by the jury,” said Rose Tsai, the attorney for Ji’s family. “Xinran’s parents … feel very grateful to the verdict they had learned yesterday.”Ji was attacked with an aluminum bat and wrench during an attempted robbery in July 2014 while walking to his apartment from a study group around 1 a.m., the Daily Trojan previously reported. According to the news release, Ochoa struck Ji with a bat. Ji tried to run, but one of Ochoa’s co-assailants caught up and struck him repeatedly. Ji was found dead in his apartment by his roommate hours later.Christopher Chaney, the attorney representing Ochoa, said he disagrees with the conviction and will file for appeal after sentencing. “I’ve been with Mr. Ochoa since he was 17 years old, and he’s been very sorry about what happened to Mr. Ji,” Chaney said. “It’s been our position that he did not contribute to the actual death of Mr. Ji, but he has recognized that he was a participant.”Ochoa’s co-defendants Alejandra Guerrera and Andrew Garcia were convicted and sentenced for first-degree murder, robbery, attempted robbery and assault with a deadly weapon in October 2016 and August 2017, respectively. They are facing life in prison without parole. Jonathan Del Carmen, who pleaded guilty to second-degree murder last year, was sentenced to 15 years to life in prison. Tsai said Ji’s parents traveled to California in 2017 to attend Garcia’s conviction and thank the community for their support over the years. Since Ji’s death, Tsai said international students have expressed that they think public safety practices and awareness have improved.“The other consolation that Xinran’s parents had felt when they were here last year that was the pay back they received from the community that Xinran’s case has brought more awareness and has brought changes in a positive way to public safety and security for society,” Tsai said. “The last thing they want is for their son to die in vain.”