Friday 23 March 2018

Vine: David Meyler could face cup final ban after clash with Januzaj

Shinji Kagawa of Manchester United is challenged by David Meyler of Hull
Shinji Kagawa of Manchester United is challenged by David Meyler of Hull
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

DAVID Meyler's FA Cup final dream is in jeopardy after a last-minute altercation with Adnan Januzaj in Hull's defeat to Manchester United risked suspension from retrospective punishment.

The Cork midfielder was jostling with Januzaj in the dying stages at Old Trafford when he stood on the Belgian winger's knee after he had kicked the ball away.

It was immediately picked up by the TV cameras and that could open up the 24-year-old to the prospect of a further investigation that might have disastrous implications for Saturday week's Wembley date with Arsenal.

Stand-in United boss Ryan Giggs said: "I didn't see it but I've seen his leg – it's terrible." He added that the teenager was damaged from his knee to his ankle. Hull boss Steve Bruce said: "I can't really comment as I haven't seen anything."

Meyler was not sanctioned by referee Craig Pawson and his fate will be shaped by whether the official saw the incident. FA procedures determine that if they consider the clash worthy of exploration, Pawson will be asked if he had a clear view.

If he replies that he didn't see it properly, the case would be immediately referred to a three-man review panel of former referees. Meyler would be instantly suspended if they unanimously considered it to be a red-card offence.

Here is a vine of the incident:

Chelsea midfielder Ramires was recently banned for four matches after being found guilty of an offence that wasn't punished at the time, and Cardiff's Craig Bellamy was also sidelined by the same legislation.

Meyler will be praying that no action is taken, although there has been social media uproar with United fans urging the FA to punish the ex-Cork City and Sunderland man.

He has spoken of his excitement at preparing for the big day after enjoying his best season in the top flight.

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