Manchester United midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger has been suspended for the games after accepting the charge of violent conduct by the FA.
Schweinsteiger, 31, will now miss United’s next three games against Bournemouth, Norwich City and Stoke City. The English Football Association decided to charge the German midfielder with violent conduct after a situation in United’s 0-0 draw with West Ham on Saturday. In the video evidence that the FA took part of, Schweinsteiger is seen elbowing West Ham defender Winston Reid in the face. The referees failed to see the situation, leading to the FA retroactively suspending Schweinsteiger.
The FA released the following statement on its website on Thursday:
“Bastian Schweinsteiger will serve a three-match suspension with immediate effect after he accepted an FA charge for 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 5 December 2015.”
Schweinsteiger has played in all 15 league games so far, with 11 starts and one goal. United sits in 4th place with 29 points, three points behind leaders Leicester City.