Schweinsteiger to appeal West Ham red card

Date published: Tuesday 8th December 2015 1:29

Bastian Schweinsteiger will appeal against an FA charge of violent conduct over his alleged forearm smash on Winston Reid on Saturday.

The Germany international is facing  a three-match suspension after he was charged on Monday after the incident was missed by the officials in the goalless draw.

Schweinsteiger, who is in Germany with the Manchester United squad ahead of tonight’s Champions League showdown with Wolfsburg, has until noon on Thursday to respond to the charge.

The 31-year-old was involved in an altercation with Reid just before half-time when he appeared to thrust his forearm into the neck of the West Ham defender – who was floored – while the pair were jostling for a corner.

“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,” said Reid afterwards and Hammers boss Slaven Bilic claimed it was “a big-time red card”.

“It was a moment of madness and he deserved to be sent off, but it’s impossible for the ref to see everything,” said Bilic. “No matter how many referees you have, sometimes they can’t see.

“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.

“I saw it on the replays at half-time. It was a red, a big-time red. I understand the decision but it was a crucial moment. I can’t blame the referee.”

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