Confirmed: Newcastle face striker blow, have less than 24 hours to respond
By Abigail Withey
Newcastle United forward Aleksandar Mitrovic has been charged with an alleged act of violence by the Football Association following an incident involving Manuel Lanzini during the Magpies’ most recent clash against West Ham United.
The incident which led to the 22-year-old’s charge happened in the 80th minute of the game during their victory over the Hammers at St. James’ Park on Saturday.
Newcastle revealed on their website that the proposed act of violent conduct was not seen by the match officials during the game, but was later caught on a video recording.
It is also detailed that both Mitrovic and the club have less than 24 hours to respond to the charge as the FA has stated that the Serbia international has until 6pm on August 30 to reply.
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The Serb didn’t feature in Rafa Benitez’ squad for the opening two matches of the Premier League where the Magpies lost to both Tottenham and Huddersfield.
The young goalscorer was brought on later in the second half of their victory over West Ham when the incident happened but also scored the club’s third goal.
This news comes soon after football broadcaster and former Liverpool player Jamie Redknapp said in his Daily Mail column that Mitrovic could be the man to keep Newcastle in the Premier League, but also believed that his “stupidity often outweighs his undoubted quality”.
In other Newcastle United news, supporters have expressed their doubts after reports have linked one of the Magpies’ defenders with an exit.