By North-west correspondent Alex Stevens
Bastian Schweinsteiger could be hit with a three-match suspension for his clash with Winston Reid in Manchester United’s goalless draw with West Ham on Saturday, Football Insider sources understand.
Television footage showed the German midfielder apparently eyeing Reid before driving his forearm into his throat as United prepared to take a free kick.
A Premier League has told Football Insider that referee Mark Clattenburg didn’t see the incident, nor did his assistants, which opens up the possibility that retrospective action can be taken.
Both Reid and West Ham manager Slaven Bilic accused Schweinsteiger of deliberately assaulting the defender after the Premier League match at Old Trafford.
Reid said: “He knows what he’s done — he’s elbowed me in the face.”
Bilic told BBC Sport: “It’s a clear red card. A straight red without any doubts.”
Clattenburg will be contacted by the FA to make sure he didn’t see the Schweinsteiger incident, before a three-man panel of former referees examine the video evidence.
If they unanimously agree the World Cup winner should have been sent off, he will be ruled out of United’s next three Premier League fixtures against Bournemouth, Norwich and Stoke.
The loss of the Germany World Cup winner would be another headache for Louis van Gaal, who already has eight injured players ahead of Tuesday’s must-win Champions League match against Wolfsburg.
Morgan Schneiderlin (hip) and Paddy McNair (ankle) joined the walking wounded after West Ham match.
United were already without Wayne Rooney (ankle), Marcos Rojo (shoulder), Ander Herrera (hamstring) and Phil Jones (foot) as well as long-term absentees Luke Shaw (leg fracture) and Antonio Valencia (ankle).
Meanwhile, Marouane Fellaini will escape punishment for his apparent stamp on James Tomkins, because the match officials saw the incident.