Schweinsteiger opts not to appeal three-match ban

Schweinsteiger punished by the FA
Schweinsteiger punished by the FA

Manchester United midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger has accepted a Football Association charge of violent conduct and will serve a three-match suspension, the governing body has announced.

The German international stuck out his left arm and caught West Ham defender Winston Reid in the throat as both players jostled for position from a first-half free-kick during the goalless draw at Old Trafford on Saturday.

The incident was not mentioned in referee Mark Clattenburg's post-match report as he did not see the clash, leaving the FA free to punish Schweinsteiger retrospectively.

Reid will clearly agree with the punishment as he was convinced the German should have been punished at the time: “He knows what he’s done — he’s elbowed me in the face.”

Meanwhile, Hammers boss Slaven Bilic said: “It’s a clear red card. A straight red without any doubts. It was a moment of madness.

"He deserved to be sent off, but the referee told me he didn’t see it. Fair enough, I believe it. It was an elbow.”