During the weekend’s 3-1 win over Fulham, Sascha Riether was clearly seen stamping on Adnan Januzaj’s ankle, although it was missed by the officials. Marouane Fellaini waded in to protect our youngster in what is likely to be the first of several acts of violence he will endure, as was the case with Cristiano Ronaldo, for frustrating defenders with his skill for 90 minutes.
As the coming together was witnessed by the referee and linesman, Fulham would be within their rights to appeal the charge of violent conduct, just as Chelsea did when Fernando Torres scratched Jan Vertonghen earlier this season. The ridiculous rule states that if the official has seen even part of the incident then no punishment can be given.
Riether has apologised to our player for stamping on him and accepted the likely ban that will come his way.
“I want to say I am sorry to Adnan Januzaj,” he said. “It was very unlike me and I can only say that frustration got the better of me. I also want to apologise to my team-mates, 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.”