David Moyes has called for Manchester United winger Adnan Januzaj to receive more protection from referees after Fulham full-back Sascha Riether was cited for stamping on the youngster in the first case of its kind, the
Riether was seen to plant his foot on the ankle of the prone Januzaj late in United’s 3-1 win over the Cottagers on Saturday – but while the altercation was captured by the television cameras, it was missed by referee Lee Probert and his team of officials. The Football Association have however charged Riether with violent conduct, making the German the first player to be punished retrospectively for an incident not seen by the referee. Riether will receive a three-game ban if the charge is proven.
An FA statement read: “Previously, where the match officials had confirmed to The FA that none of them had seen an incident, the match referee was then asked to review all available video evidence before being asked what action, if any, he would have taken had it been seen.
“Under the new process, if an incident has not been seen by the match officials, a three-man panel of former elite referees Steve Dunn, Eddie Wolstenholme and Alan Wiley will be asked by The FA to review it and advise what, if any action, they believe the match referee should have taken had it been witnessed at the time.
“For an FA charge to follow, all three panel members must agree it is a sending-off offence. In this instance, the panel were of the unanimous decision that it was an act of violent conduct.”
Moyes meanwhile believes Januzaj needs to learn from Lionel Messi how to handle the kind of rough treatment he faced from Fulham. “He is learning from the good pros he plays with and needs to follow the example of Lionel Messi who is the best in the world at getting kicked and getting up and getting on with producing magic. I am not comparing him to Lionel Messi. But the way Messi gets up is a good example.”
The manager also added: “He is going to need some protection. He is getting kicked up and down. He deserves a little bit more (protection) than he is getting at this moment in time. We have spoken to him about it and he is getting kicked up and down in training every day.”
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