Riether hit with immediate three-match ban after accepting FA violent conduct charge
Fulham right back Sascha Riether has been banned for three matches following his violent conduct charge for stamping on Manchester United's Adnan Januzaj on Saturday.
The German, who also apologised to Januzaj, his team-mates and Fulham fans, escaped sanction from referee Lee Probert in Fulham’s 3-1 defeat but became the first player charged by the FA under a new pilot scheme where three former referees review video evidence not seen by match officials.
The ban takes place with immediate effect and comes after Riether had earlier accepted his charge after taking to Twitter on Tuesday to accept responsibility
Violent conduct: Sascha Riether (centre) stamps on Januzaj and the Fulham man was retrospectively punished
Sorry: Riether apologised on Twitter for stamping on Januzaj and accepted the FA charge
He wrote: ‘I want to say I am sorry to Adnan Januzai. It was very unlike me and I can only say that frustration got the better of me.
‘I also want to apologise to my teammates, fans and everyone at the Club, for the ban incurred following Saturday's match.
‘I will accept the consequences of my actions, and hope to put it behind me when I return. I want the fans to know that I will be working hard to stay fit and will be ready to continue fighting for the Club as soon as I am able.’
Twitter apology: Riether's tweets saying sorry for his actions
United manager David Moyes was furious after the incident and described it as ‘a bad stamp that did look deliberate’. He went on to demand more protection for Januzaj from referees.
Probert told the FA in his official report that he had not seen the clash, meaning the case was directed to a panel of Alan Wiley, Eddie Wolstenholme and Steve Dunn, who unanimously agreed that Riether deserved a red card. The panel of referees was only introduced this season.
Riether's admission will trigger an immediate three-match ban, keeping him out of Martin Jol's side for the forthcoming fixtures against Liverpool, Swansea and West Ham.