Manchester United midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger could be in line to receive a retrospective ban from The FA after he appeared to elbow West Ham defender Winston Reid over the weekend, according to the Daily Express.
Referee Mark Clattenburg spoke with the two players after their coming together in the second half, but claims he didn’t see the incident at the time.
However, despite the incident escaping the referee’s notice, new regulations introduced in 2013 mean that the Germany international could now face a ban upon review.
The FA can take action when the referee saw the coming together between the players, but not the full incident.
And if Clattenburg leave the incident out of his post-match report, then action could be taken with a ban being the most likely outcome.
“I spoke to the referee, and to be fair it is a red card,” Hammers boss Slaven Bilic said after Saturday’s goalless draw.
“I can accept that he didn’t see it and no matter how many referees you have. I am sure if he has seen it, it would be a straight red but it wasn’t.
“We are disappointed but these things happen. He just didn’t see it. I saw it from the video and it was a red, a big time red.
“For those kind of decisions, and it was a crucial moment, I can’t blame the referee.”
And Reid told Sky Sports: “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.”