The Football Association have confirmed today that Newcastle United center-back Mike Williamson has denied an FA charge of violent conduct.
Mike Williamson – tussling with Wayne Rooney earlier this season
The FA last night charged Williamson with violent conduct, after he was seen to clash with the 6’4 Swede, Johan Elmander, and the Swede fell onto the ground and was seemingly unconscious.
The clash occurred in the first half during the Magpies’ 5-1 defeat at Bolton Wanderers on Saturday, and a Regulatory Commission will now hear the charge tomorrow.
If the appeal is thought to be frivolous, then the FA could increase the 3 match ban to a 4 match ban, but we believe that Mike seriously thinks he is innocent, and has obviously persuaded Newcastle officials that it is worthwhile to appeal.
If Johan hadn’t reacted in such an utterly sensational manner, then nothing would have been made of this, but it seems players these days have to be good actors – and Johan seems particularly good at that.