Sunday 23 September 2018

Riether charged with stamping on United's Januzaj

Fulham defender Sascha Riether. Picture credit: John Walton/PA Wire.
Fulham defender Sascha Riether. Picture credit: John Walton/PA Wire.

FULHAM'S German defender Sascha Riether has until 6pm tonight to decide whether to accept or challenge a charge of violent conduct for his apparent stamp on Manchester United's Adnan Januzaj.

Riether is the first player to be charged by the English Football Association under a new pilot scheme where a panel of three former referees reviews video evidence of incidents not seen by match officials.

Riether appeared to stamp on Januzaj in the last minute of Fulham's 3-1 defeat to United, but the incident was not seen by referee Lee Probert or his assistants.

An FA statement said: "Fulham's Sascha Riether has been charged by the FA for violent conduct following an incident which was not seen by the match officials but caught on video.

"Former elite referees Steve Dunn, Eddie Wolstenholme and Alan Wiley will be asked by the FA to review it and advise what, if any action, they believe the match referee should have taken had it been witnessed at the time.

"The panel were of the unanimous decision that it was an act of violent conduct."

United manager David Moyes has demanded more protection for Januzaj.

Moyes said: "It is a bad stamp and it does look deliberate. Adnan is going to need a little bit of protection or we are going to find that he is getting kicked up and down."

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