Manchester United midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger has been charged with violent misconduct by the Football Association for an alleged elbow clash on Winston Reid in Manchester United’s goalless draw against West Ham.
A panel of three elite former referees reviewed the video footage independently before arriving at the decision.
Schweinsteiger stuck out his left arm and caught Reid in the throat as both players tussled for position in the build-up-to a first-half-free-kick. Referee Mark Clattenburg tried to calm down both the players, but apparently did not see the elbow blow and it was therefore not mentioned in his post-match report.
This left FA free to punish the midfielder independently.
An FA statement as quoted by Fox Sports reads: “Bastian Schweinsteiger has been charged for an alleged act of violent conduct which was not seen by the match officials but caught on video. The Manchester United midfielder was involved in an incident with West Ham United’s Winston Reid in the 40th minute of the game on Saturday (December 5, 2015).”
“The matter was referred to a panel of three former elite referees who each reviewed the video footage independently of one another to determine whether they considered it a sending-off offense. For an FA charge to follow the decision by the panel must be unanimous. The player has until 12 noon on Thursday 10 December 2015 to reply to the charge.”
The 31-year-old German national will face a three match ban if found guilty.
Already crippled by a long list of injured players, United cannot afford to lose an influential player like Schweinsteiger especially at this stage when they have to play their next three league games against Bournemouth, Norwich and Stoke.
Schweinsteiger was prevented from saying anything related to the incident at United’s pre-match press conference in Wolfsburg on Monday morning.
According to Reid, the German star should have been sent off.
United manager Louis van Gaal however, claimed that he too did not see the incident.