Islam Slimani should have been sent off.
That is the decision of an FA panel of ‘elite officials’, asked to look at the footage from Saturday retrospectively.
Craig Dawson made contact with the loan striker in the penalty area and then as he walked away, Slimani aimed a feeble kick at him.
It was never going to hurt anyone, although Dawson could have been injured when throwing himself to the ground, but it now looks nailed on that Islam Slimani will be banned for the rest of the season.
He has until 6pm tomorrow [Tuesday] to respond to the charge.
However, any appeal/defence is surely futile, as the TV footage speaks for itself.
No harm done but he definitely petulantly kicks out.
FA Official Statement:
‘Newcastle United’s Islam Slimani has been charged with violent conduct following an incident during the game against West Bromwich Albion on Saturday [28 April 2018].
It happened in the 80th minute and was not seen by the match officials but caught on video.
He has until 6pm on 1 May 2018 to respond to the charge.
Off the ball incidents which are not seen at the time are referred by The FA to a panel of three former elite match officials.
Each panel member will review the video footage independently of one another to determine whether they consider it a sending-off offence.
For retrospective action to be taken, and an FA charge to follow, the decision of the panel must be unanimous.’