Jonjo Shelvey charged over Emre Can incident
Swansea City midfielder Jonjo Shelvey has been charged with violent conduct over an incident involving Liverpool`s Emre Can, the Football Association (FA) announced on Tuesday.
London: Swansea City midfielder Jonjo Shelvey has been charged with violent conduct over an incident involving Liverpool`s Emre Can, the Football Association (FA) announced on Tuesday.
Shelvey appeared to swing his arm into Can`s face during Swansea`s 4-1 Premier League defeat at Anfield on Monday, but although referee Andre Marriner allowed play to continue, the FA has taken retrospective action.
"Swansea City`s Jonjo Shelvey on Tuesday has been charged by the FA for violent conduct, following an incident in his side`s fixture with Liverpool," the FA said in a statement on its website.
"The incident, which was not seen by the match officials but caught on video, occurred during the fixture between the two sides at Anfield on Monday 29 December 2014."
Shelvey, who joined Swansea from Liverpool in 2013, has until 1800 GMT on Wednesday to respond to the charge.
In a message posted on Twitter after the game, the 22-year-old claimed he had caught Can by accident.
"Just wanna say didn`t intentionally elbow Emre Can was just trying to get my arm across to get round him and it`s come off as (if) I`m trying to hurt another play and I can assure you that that isn`t the case," he wrote.
"And I had apologised to Emre Can for catching him."
Having been sent off at Everton at the start of November, Shelvey faces a four-match ban if found guilty.