Furious Jonjo Shelvey snubs Rafa Benitez’s handshake after being subbed in Newcastle’s 1-1 draw with Swansea

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JONJO SHELVEY was furious with boss Rafa Benitez after being subbed in Newcastle's 1-1 draw with Swansea.

Tensions were running high at St James' Park with both sides embroiled in a relegation dog-fight.

 Jonjo Shelvey swatted away his manager's hand after being subbedPA:Press Association Jonjo Shelvey swatted away his manager's hand after being subbed

And they appeared to get the better of the midfielder when he saw his number come up on the fourth official's board on 82 minutes.

After being replaced by Mikel Merino, Shelvey looked disappointed when he marched towards the home dugout.

The 25-year-old then appeared to swat away Benitez's handshake when the Spanish boss approached Shelvey.

Benitez played down the incident at full-time during his post-match press conference.

 The midfielder played an important role in Newcastle's equaliserPA:Press Association The midfielder played an important role in Newcastle's equaliser  The 25-year-old is being linked with a move to West HamReuters The 25-year-old is being linked with a move to West Ham

He said: "Any player, when you are not winning a game like this they have to be disappointed if they do not continue playing but we have to make our substitutions.

"I didn’t have any problem."

SUPER SUB Newcastle 1 Swansea 1: Substitute Joselu equalises with first touch of the game to pile the pressure on struggling Swans

Newcastle fell behind to rock-bottom Swansea on 60 minutes when Jordan Ayew headed the visitors in front.

But Shelvey played a key role in the equaliser when his defence-splitting pass found Ayoze Perez whose ricocheted shot fell to the feet of striker Joselu.

 Rafa Benitez tried to downplay the incident at full-timeGetty Images – Getty Rafa Benitez tried to downplay the incident at full-time Newcastle under-23s boss Peter Beardsley leaves St. James' Park after being suspended by club as racism and bullying investigation continues

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