West Bromwich Albion attacker Matheus Pereira has been charged with violent conduct for an incident during the 1-0 defeat to Stoke City.
The Brazilian midfielder has arguably been the Baggies best performer this season since his arrival on loan from Sporting Lisbon, but he could now be set to miss three games through suspension.
Battling for the ball with Stoke midfielder Joe Allen during the game, Pereira is alleged to have elbowed the Welsh international, an act which has been caught on camera.
The attacking midfielder, has until 18:00 GMT on 22 January to respond and could miss the upcoming games against West Ham United (FA Cup), Cardiff City and Luton Town.
Monday night’s Championship fixture at the Hawthorns saw league leaders West Brom host Michael O’Neill’s inconsistent Stoke.
Tyrese Campbell scored the only goal of the game for Stoke in the ninth minute to seal a shock win for the visitors.
The defeat means that West Brom have not won since the middle of December in the league, and Grady Diangana’s absence through injury suffered against Stoke, could now be followed by a potential suspension for Pereira.
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West Brom fans have reacted to the news of Pereira’s charge and below are just some of the responses via social media platform Twitter:
Great stuff!! 😤 Matheus Pereira has been charged by the FA for violent conduct for his alleged elbow against Stoke’s Joe Allen. Albion have until 6pm to respond. The player could be set for a three game ban. FA Cup games count. #wba
— matt colley (@bluey0805) January 22, 2020
Pereira and Diangana out, play offs confirmed
— Jámes (@QuiGon__Jim) January 22, 2020
Sums up the last month perfectly that game has, best two players out now…
Has Allen finished rolling round yet or is he still going?
— JonW1995 (@JonW1995) January 22, 2020
What about the tackles on us during the same game? 1 rule for them, 1 for us. Absolute nonsense.
— Danny Turner.🇭🇷 (@DannyJTurner2) January 22, 2020
Sky Sports are a bunch of grasses. Second time they’ve done us over.
— Safiya Outlines (@SafiyaOutlines) January 22, 2020
gotta get orsic asap
— unpleasant sonata (@HiLucie16) January 22, 2020
He deserves it to be honest. But with no Diangana or Pereira I can’t see us winning a game. Zero creativity. 🤦🏻♂️
— Luke Millichamp (@luke_millichamp) January 22, 2020
No Diangana and No Pereira? No problem. Time to go full PULIS
— Sunil Patel (@sjpatel212) January 22, 2020