The English Football Association have charged Fulham defender Sascha Riether with violent conduct after his foul on Manchester United left winger Adnan Januzaj in last Saturday’s match at Craven Cottage.
The incident happened in Manchester United’s 3-1 victory against Fulham. During the match, Riether appeared to stamp down on Januzaj’s leg, but the incident was missed by referee Lee Probert.
According to The FA, Riether is the first player to have been charged retrospectively by The FA under a new pilot project for potential ‘not seen’ incidents in Premier League matches.
Previously, where the match officials had confirmed to The FA that none of them had seen an incident the match referee was then asked to review all available video evidence before being asked what action, if any, he would have taken had it been seen.
Under the new process, if an incident has not been seen by the match officials, a three-man panel of 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.
For an FA charge to follow, all three panel members must agree it is a sending-off offence. In this instance, the panel were of the unanimous decision that it was an act of violent conduct.
Riether has until Tuesday at 1pm ET to respond to the charge.