The stamp that could see QPR star Charlie Austin miss big Sheffield Wednesday clash
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The 31-year-old forward has scored six goals in 17 Championship games for Queens Park Rangers since signing for them on loan back in January, but was unable to help them avoid defeat to Nottingham Forest over the weekend.
Austin played 80 minutes of the 3-1 defeat, but some would say he was lucky to stay on the field that long after what looked like a stamp on Forest’s Ryan Yates.
The incident wasn’t spotted by the match officials, but after reviewing footage from the game he has now been charged by the Football Association.
A statement from QPR read, “Charlie Austin has been charged with a breach of FA Rule El .1 following Queens Park Rangers FC's EFL Championship fixture on Monday (05/04/21) against Nottingham Forest FC.
“It is alleged that the forward's behaviour in the 43rd minute of this fixture, which was not seen by the match officials at the time but caught on video, constitutes violent conduct.
“Charlie Austin has until tomorrow (08/04/21) to provide a response.”
At this point it remains to be seen whether the forward will appeal the charge, but if he is found guilty then he’ll likely miss the visit of Wednesday to the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Austin has scored six goals against the Owls in the past, with only two teams (Brighton & Hove Albion and Barnsley – 7) having been on the receiving end of more.