Schweinsteiger gets three-match retrospective ban for elbow incident

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When it rains it pours.

After crashing out of the UEFA Champions League in midweek, the bad news just keeps on coming for Louis Van Gaal and Manchester United.

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Influential German midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger, 31, will be missing for the next three games as he was handed a retrospective ban for driving his elbow into the face of West Ham United’s Winston Reid in an off-the-ball incident during their 0-0 draw last weekend at Old Trafford.

As the incident was not spotted by any of the officials during the game, the English FA had the ability to look at video evidence of the incident and decided to charge Schweinsteiger with violent conduct.

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The German national team captain decided not to appeal against the charge and will now miss United’s games against Bournemouth on Saturday (Watch live, 12:30 p.m. ET on NBC and online via Live Extra), the home game against Norwich City on Dec. 19 and the Boxing Day clash at Stoke City on Dec. 28.

Below is the statement from the FA as the veteran will spend the next three weeks on the sidelines at a time where his influence, plus a growing injury list, means he is badly need to help United pull through after plenty of criticism in recent weeks.

“Bastian Schweinsteiger will serve a three-match suspension with immediate effect after he accepted an FA charge for violent conduct which was not seen by the match officials but caught on video.

“The Manchester United midfielder was involved in an incident with West Ham United’s Winston Reid in the 40th minute of the game on Saturday 5 December 2015.”