Schweinsteiger will appeal violent conduct charge

Date published: Tuesday 8th December 2015 12:45

Bastian Schweinsteiger (r): Clashed with Winston Reid

Bastian Schweinsteiger will appeal against an FA charge of violent conduct after his altercation with on Winston Reid on Saturday.

The Manchester United star was charged on Monday after the incident was missed by the officials in the goalless draw and is facing a three-match suspension.

But, Schweinsteiger, who has until noon on Thursday to respond to the charge, will appeal against the decision in the hope that a disciplinary panel see the incident differently.

The 31-year-old appeared to used his forearm to fend off the West Ham defender – with the duo jostling for a corner just before half-time.

Both Reid and West Ham boss Slaven Bilic thought it was a sending off offence, but Bilic said the referee could be excused because it was difficult to spot in the melee.
“It was a red card. He knows what he’s done – he’s elbowed me in the face. The referee couldn’t see it, so we move on,” said Reid.

READ: Our Referee Review Panel suggested a red card would have been justified

“It was a moment of madness and he deserved to be sent off, but it’s impossible for the ref to see everything,” added Bilic. “No matter how many referees you have, sometimes they can’t see.

“I’m sure if he did see it, it would have been a straight red. Of course we are disappointed but it happens. He just didn’t see it.

“I saw it on the replays at half-time. It was a red, a big-time red. I understand the decision but it was a crucial moment. I can’t blame the referee.”

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