QPR striker Charlie Austin has been charged with alleged violent conduct by the FA after a challenge on Nottingham Forest’s Ryan Yates on Monday, which has caused a stir among fans of the west London club.
The R’s were beaten 3-1 at the City Ground at the start of the week with goals from Alex Mighten, Lewis Grabban, and James Garner meaning Lyndon Dykes’ late header was little more than a consolation.
It seems the west London club are unable to move on from that defeat just yet, however, as the FA have charged Austin with alleged violent conduct relating to an incident just before halftime.
Frustrated after having not won a foul in a tussle for the ball on the sideline, the striker appeared to step back and stamp on Yates’ stoumach after the Reds midfielder had fallen to the floor.
It’s hard to say whether there was intent from the R’s man but it did seem an unnatural step to take.
The 31-year-old has until today to provide a response and could face a suspension if the charge is upheld.
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Austin has been a key player for the west London club since returning on loan from West Bromwich Albion in January – scoring five times in 17 Championship games – and it seems a fair few R’s fans are concerned and frustrated by this update.
Read their reaction here:
Looks like a 3 game ban, it looks intentional.
— Rangers Region (@RangersRegion) April 7, 2021
Looks like he left a bit on him to be honest. Probably get done for that.
— Jack (@JackM_QPR) April 7, 2021
The second angle shows it’s intentional, stupid thing to do and it will be a 3 match ban
— rob (@robbo159) April 7, 2021
No surprise thought he would’ve been lucky to stay on the pitch https://t.co/GgDwspFd8F
— Colin Lester (@olinjohnlester) April 7, 2021
— Mark Ryan (@MRRyan37) April 7, 2021
No chance Austin overturns this https://t.co/jJZ3LDDwxe
— TBATW (@TBATW_) April 7, 2021
It’s not looking good
— Jonny Naidoo (@JonnyNaidoo) April 7, 2021
— loftuseerie (@loftuseerie) April 7, 2021
No need for it Charlie, you’re better than that!
— Ginner Lad (@ginnerlad) April 7, 2021