International midfielder charged with BITING Sheffield Wednesday's Josh Windass
A Bournemouth midfielder has been charged by the FA after allegedly biting Sheffield Wednesday’s Josh Windass in the Owls’ 1-0 win at Hillsborough last month.
Highly-rated combative midfield man Jefferson Lerma stands accused of the violent conduct offence, which is alleged to have taken place in the 83rd-minute of a bad-tempered affair between the two teams.
Wednesday ran out 1-0 winners in what proved to be Garry Monk’s penultimate match as Owls boss. Both sides finished with 10 men on the field after first Cherries boss Steven Cook saw red and then Kadeem Harris was sent off in injury time.
The Star understands that the Wednesday player alleged to have been bitten by Lerma is forward Josh Windass.
Owls winger Harris was later sent off for an injury-time tussle with Lerma, a Colombian international, and was slapped with a six match ban.
A statement released by the FA read: “AFC Bournemouth's Jefferson Lerma has been charged with a breach of FA Rule E3.
“It is alleged that the midfielder committed an act of violent conduct by biting a Sheffield Wednesday FC player during the 83rd minute of an EFL Championship game on Tuesday 3 November 2020.
“Jefferson Lerma has until Thursday 24 December 2020 to provide a response.”
Bournemouth quickly released a subsequent statement making clear that they would be pleading guilty to the incident.
It read: “Jefferson strenuously denies the allegation made against him and has cooperated fully with the FA's initial investigations into the alleged incident.
“He will request a hearing over the charge. AFC Bournemouth fully support Jefferson and will continue to do so throughout the process.”