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Riether charged with violent conduct

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Sascha Riether appeared to stamp on Adnan Januzaj during Fulham's 3-1 defeat to Manchester United © PA Photos
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Sascha Riether has been charged by the FA for violent conduct after he appeared to stamp on Adnan Januzaj during Fulham's 3-1 defeat to Manchester United on Saturday.

The decision means Riether becomes the first player to be charged retrospectively by the FA as part of a new pilot project for potential 'not seen' incidents which occur during Premier League matches.

The incident occurred during stoppage time of the match at Craven Cottage and, while officials did not see it at the time, it was caught on video.

A statement on the FA official website read: "Previously, where the match officials had confirmed to the FA that none of them had seen an incident, the match referee was then asked to review all available video evidence before being asked what action, if any, he would have taken had it been seen.

"Under the new process, if an incident has not been seen by the match officials, a three-man panel of former elite referees Steve Dunn, Eddie Wolstenholme and Alan Wiley will be asked by the FA to review it and advise what, if any action, they believe the match referee should have taken had it been witnessed at the time.

"For an FA charge to follow, all three panel members must agree it is a sending-off offence. In this [Riether's] instance, the panel were of the unanimous decision that it was an act of violent conduct."

Riether now has until 6pm on Tuesday to respond to the charge.

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