Fulham defender Sascha Riether has issued an apology to Manchester United's Adnan Januzaj for the stamp that has landed him in hot water with the FA.
The German seemed to lash out at Januzaj towards the end of Manchester United's comfortable 3-1 win against Fulham at Craven Cottage.
The FA confirmed yesterday that Riether has been charged for his actions, and could face a lengthy ban if found guilty.
"I want to say I am sorry to Adnan Januzai [sic]," he said. "It was very unlike me and I can only say that frustration got the better of me.
"I also want to apologise to my teammates, fans and everyone at the Club, for the ban incurred following Saturday's match
"I will accept the consequences of my actions, and hope to put it behind me when I return.
"I want the fans to know that I will be working hard to stay fit and will be ready to continue fighting for the Club as soon as I am able. SR"
Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini was incensed with the 30-year-old and called on him to be banned afterwards.
Riether has been charged under new rules implemented by the FA over the summer and could be suspended for three games if he is found guilty of violent conduct.
Manchester United boss David Moyes was unhappy with Riether's actions - but warned after the game that Januzaj needs some protection if he is to survive the hustle and bustle of the Premier League.
He said: "I hadn't seen it until after the game. It's a bad stamp and it does look deliberate but that's for the referee to sort of deal with on the day...or they look at it differently. It's over now.
"But I do think Adnan needs a little bit of protection or we are going to find he's getting kicked up and down. I do think he deserves a little more than he's getting at this present time.
"He gets kicked up and down in training every day and he gets on with it. He's learnt from the good professionals to get on with it and accept it. He only needs to look at Lionel Messi. He's the best at getting up. We hope Adnan, and I'm not comparing him to Messi - we hope he can react like Messi - but he does need protection.
"It's not a case of asking for protection. It's up to the referees to do what's right. But we will never ask for it."
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