3 man FA panel reviewing Aleksandar Mitrovic incident today – Report
Aleksandar Mitrovic was a major topic of conversation after the West Ham match.
Three days after scoring a very good goal against Forest in the League Cup, the Serbian striker came on against the Hammers for the final 20 minutes and saw one effort saved, before rounding Joe Hart in style to top off the 3-0 win.
However, the media were very keen to look at an incident involving Lanzini and Newcastle’s number 45, with the striker going out of his way to make contact with the West Ham player, amid claims of an elbow.
The incident didn’t look great, although it wasn’t clear just what damage, if any, was done. Newcastle fans were also hopeful that the referee appeared to possibly deal with the incident at the time, deeming it not worthy of a punishment.
However, Tuesday afternoon has seen ESPN report that their information is that the FA have asked a panel of three former referees to review footage of the Mitrovic incident.
The ESPN report saying that if all three former referees believe the incident warranted a sending off, then Mitrovic will be charged with violent conduct.
There would then follow a hearing where the former Anderlecht striker and Newcastle United would have the opportunity to defend the charge.
No official confirmation as yet that the incident is being reviewed, but ESPN are usually pretty reliable , and not ones to completely fabricate a story.
If he was to be found guilty of a violent conduct charge, Mitrovic would be set to miss a minimum of three matches and depending on the timing (the striker is currently away on international duty) of any disciplinary hearing, any ban would start with either the Swansea away match on Sunday 10 September, or Stoke at home on Saturday 16 September – which also happens to be Mitro’s 23rd birthday.
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