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Published: 14:56 | 16/12/15

FA charge for Schweinsteiger

Manchester United midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger is facing a possible three-match ban after being hit by an FA charge.

Manchester United midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger is facing a possible three-match ban after being hit by an FA charge.

The charge relates to an incident during Manchester United's 0-0 draw with West Ham at Old Trafford when the German international appeared to strike Hammers defender Winston Reid.

Referee Mark Clattenburg and his assistants missed the altercation and the FA subsequently opted to take retrospective action for an "alleged act of violent conduct".

"Bastian Schweinsteiger has been charged for an alleged act of violent conduct which was not seen by the match officials but caught on video," an FA statement said.

"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.

Schweinsteiger's behaviour was criticised by Reid and Hammers boss Slaven Bilic, who felt that the former Bayern Munich man should have been shown a red card.

"He deserved to be sent off, but it's impossible for the ref to see everything. No matter how many referees you have, sometimes they can't see," Bilic said.

"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."

Reid added: "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."

Schweinsteiger has until midday on Thursday to reply to the charge.

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