Shelvey, 26, was this week banned by the FA for five games and fined £100,000 for racially abusing another player.
However, the former Charlton and Liverpool man has confirmed that he knows numerous black people and that he will appeal the charge.
Shelvey said: “The FA have made a mistake! Yes, I might have aggressively thrown about the N word a few times, but since I have black mates, I can’t be racist! It’s just how we speak to each other.”
“In fact, I share many of the same interests as them too, such as hip hop music; basketball; and Nandos.”
“Based on this, I feel I have strong grounds to appeal the ban, so I’ll be informing the FA about my affiliations and interests.”