Huddersfield boss David Wagner has accused Southampton striker Charlie Austin of deliberately kicking Terriers goalkeeper Jonas Lossl in the face during Saturday’s 1-1 Premier League draw at St Mary’s.
Wagner felt Austin kicked Lossl “on purpose”, leaving the Danish keeper with a bloodied face and suspected broken nose.
Austin, who struck his fifth goal in five starts before departing with a hamstring injury, avoided punishment for the incident during the contest, but could face a retrospective suspension from the Football Association.
“After seeing the video footage, this should usually never happen, that an opponent hurts another opponent on purpose,” Wagner said of Austin’s challenge on Lossl.
“I don’t like to say this, but it looks this way. Jonas as well was absolutely surprised. This was a nasty challenge and nothing I like to see.
“Jonas is OK, even if he doesn’t look OK.
“I think he looks like this challenge was very ugly and nasty. This should never happen. Charlie Austin made the wrong decision in this moment.
“I was very happy that Jonas was so calm, or maybe he was so surprised and had so much pain that he couldn’t react how me might otherwise.
“It’s swelling and of course he had a cut, but I don’t think he needs stitches.
“His wife will not be happy tonight with how he looks, but hopefully he’ll be available on Boxing Day.”
Laurent Depoitre’s third goal in as many games secured the visitors a share of the spoils, and left Saints with just one win in 10 league matches.