Reither Januzaj Stamp

November 5, 2013 by  

Reither Januzaj Stamp, Fulham’s Sascha Riether has become the first player to be charged under a new retrospective action scheme.

The defender, 30, appeared to stamp on Manchester United’s Adnan Januzaj in Fulham’s 3-1 loss, but match officials did not see the incident.

Under the new rules, a three-man panel of former elite referees looked at the incident and advised Riether committed an act of violent conduct.

Riether has until 18:00 GMT on 5 November to respond to the charge.

The new scheme was introduced after Wigan’s Callum McManaman escaped punishment for a dangerous tackle on Newcastle defender Massadio Haidara last season.

“For an FA charge to follow, all three panel members must agree it is a sending-off offence,” the FA said. “In this instance, the panel were of the unanimous decision that it was an act of violent conduct.”

Massadio Haidara said the decision not to punish Callum McManaman for this challenge last season was “ridiculous”
Speaking before being made aware of the FA charge, United manager David Moyes called for more protection for his 18-year-old winger.

He said: “It is a bad stamp and it does look deliberate.

“I do think Adnan is going to need a little bit of protection or we are going to find that he is getting kicked up and down. It is not a case of asking for protection.

“We are just saying that somewhere along the line, if he is going to keep playing in the fashion and style we want, he is going to have to get some protection from it.”

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