Bardsley hit with FA charge
Phil Bardsley has been charged with violent conduct by the FA following an incident during Sunderland's game with Chelsea.
Last Updated: 13/09/11 5:24pm
Sunderland defender Phil Bardsley has been charged with violent conduct by the Football Association following an incident during the Black Cats' game with Chelsea on Saturday.
The 26-year-old appeared to stamp on Chelsea midfielder Juan Mata towards the end of the first half of the game at the Stadium of Light, which the visitors eventually won 2-1.
Referee Lee Probert failed to punish the full-back at the time, but after reviewing video evidence the FA have decided to take disciplinary action.
If found guilty, Bardsley faces a three-match suspension.
An FA statement read: "The FA has today charged Sunderland defender Phil Bardsley with violent conduct following an incident in his side's home game against Chelsea.
"Bardsley has until 6pm on Wednesday 14 September to respond to the charge."