Fulham’s Riether cops retrospective charge for Januzaj stomp

Sascha Riether has created history by being the first player to be retrospectively charged by the English Football Association.

Sascha Riether has created history by being the first player to be retrospectively charged by the English Football Association.

The Fulham defender appeared to stomp on Manchester United’s Adnan Januzaj during his side’s 3-1 loss on the weekend and will now face a charge of violent conduct from a panel of three former referees – Steve Dunn, Eddie Wolstenholme and Alan Wiley.

Matchday referee Lee Probert and his assistants missed the incident which has now been turned over to the panel in what is a first for English football.

"Fulham's Sascha Riether has been charged by the FA for violent conduct following an incident which was not seen by the match officials but caught on video during his side's game against Manchester United on November 2 2013,” read a FA statement.

"The charge is in relation to an incident involving the defender and United's Adnan Januzaj which occurred in added time of Saturday's match at Craven Cottage.

"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.

"The panel were of the unanimous decision that it was an act of violent conduct."

 
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