The English Football Association has charged Manchester United midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger with violent conduct.
It was a an incident involving West Ham defender Winston Reid in the 0-0 draw on Saturday at Old Trafford that lead to the charges.
In the video, you can see that Schweinsteiger puts his elbow up and that it connects with Reid’s facial area, but it’s now up to a committee to decide if it warrants a suspension.
The FA released the following statement on Monday on their website:
“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 5 December 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 offence.
“For an FA charge to follow the decision by the panel must be unanimous.
“The player has until 12noon on Thursday 10 December 2015 to reply to the charge.”
The Guardian reports that Schweinsteiger will appeal the charge. If convicted, the 31-year-old German could face up to a three-game suspension.
The decision to charge Schweinsteiger has gotten mixed reactions, with one source telling the Mirror that “You cannot possibly say that he meant that. It was purely the motion of his arm. It’s a very strange case.”
Reid, who was on the receiving end of the elbow, said after the game that he believed Schweinsteiger knew exactly what he was doing.
“It was a red card,” Reid said. “He knows what he’s done – he’s elbowed me in the face.”