German midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger is likely to be slapped with a three match ban after his controversial tackle against Winston Reid during Manchester United’s clash against West Ham.
This matter involving a violent conduct on the part of Schweinsteiger and which escaped the eyes of the officlas was referred to an elite panel referees whose unanimous decision can only lead to levelling of some charges against the former Bayern Munich player. The referees will review the footage independently and decide whether it should be regarded as offence which entails a sending off as a punishment.
The tackle took place just before halftime when United’s ‘Mr Calm’ thrust his arm into Reid’s face when they were fighting for a corner. The incident escaped the eyes of Mark Clattenberg who talked to both the players following the jostling. As Clattenberg was unable to see the incident properly the FA was only able to charge the German on Monday. And on his part Schweinsteiger has until noon of 10 December to respond to the charges.
The incident surely made the hammers feel bitter with the boss saying “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”. Though disappointed Bilic didn’t blame the referees saying that “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”.
Van Gaal too voiced his opinion about the entire incident saying that he himself hadn’t seen the incident but it’s unfair to point fingers only at Schweinsteiger as the West Ham players weren’t far behind in letting out violent tackles on his players. “Maybe you saw other things that happened when (Anthony) Martial was falling down and that kind of questions. You can also ask that. I cannot judge. I cannot say anything. I have to see the video images and I haven’t seen that yet. I can’t say anything about that. But when you ask about that situation you have to ask about a lot of other situations” he further added when talking to reporters.
If the ban is handed then Schweinsteiger will crucial United ties agains Chelsea, Bournemouth and Stoke City.