Purse charged by FA

West Brom defender Darren Purse has been charged with violent conduct by the Football Association following his red card in Saturday’s 3-1 defeat at Newcastle.

West Brom defender Darren Purse has been charged with violent conduct by the Football Association following his red card in Saturday’s 3-1 defeat at Newcastle.

The charge relates to an incident in the first half when team-mate Riccardo Scimeca needed treatment.

Purse was having his shirt pulled by a Newcastle player and in an effort to break free accidentally caught ex-Villa defender Scimeca in the face with his arm.

The Baggies skipper was harshly sent off later in the St James’ Park clash for a second bookable offence and will serve a one-match ban against Bolton on Saturday.

But he could now face a further three-game suspension if the FA find him guilty of the new offence at a Soho Square hearing tomorrow.

Referee Mike Riley did not include the incident in his match report but the FA decided to bring charges against Purse after watching replays on TV.

The ex-Blues defender must now decide whether to plead guilty and accept a three-game ban or plead not guilty and submit evidence to back up his case.

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