Jonjo Shelvey has revealed he is seeing a psychiatrist in a bid to control the self-destructive streak from his game.
The Newcastle midfielder was sent off on Sunday after he needlessly stamped on Tottenham’s Dele Alli in an off-the-ball tussle.
And reduced to ten men and missing their skipper, the Magpies went on to lose 2-0, with Shelvey subsequently hammered by supporters and pundits for his actions.
But the England midfielder has revealed to the Daily Mail that he has been getting professional help for his temper problems since being given his marching orders against Nottingham Forest last season.
Shelvey said: “Look, sometimes I just need to reign in it in on the football pitch.
“I need to just shut up and stuff. I need to not get involved and walk away.
“I started to see a psychologist last year to work on the mental side of things.
“It was after the Forest game. I was sent off.
“I had kicked out at this lad and it was just childish.”
Shelvey was dismissed against Forest after kicking out at Henri Lansbury while both players lay on the floor during the Championship clash.
He later had the red card rescinded, but that didn’t stop him seeking help.
Shelvey added: “When people wind me up I should just laugh.
“I do need to get that out of me. Sometimes you can’t help it.
“I started to work with this fella and after that there wasn’t really an incident when I did that.
“I started to learn to keep my head down and just get on with the game.
“But it’s an ongoing process and I am still working with him.
“Sometimes I can lose my head and it can’t keep happening.”
Shelvey is now suspended until September 10.
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