Charlie Austin charged over Jonas Lossl clash
By Sky Sports News
Last Updated: 25/12/17 8:40am
Southampton striker Charlie Austin has been charged with violent conduct after a challenge on Huddersfield goalkeeper Jonas Lossl.
The 28-year-old Austin scored in Saturday's 1-1 draw but now faces a ban after his clash was unseen by match officials but caught on video.
He has until 5pm on Sunday to respond to the Football Association's charge.
Austin scored his fifth goal in his last five Premier League starts for the Saints, but in the 32nd minute, eight minutes after scoring, he caught Lossl around the nose with his boot when chasing a loose ball.
Questions were raised over whether the striker should have been sent off, with Charlie Nicholas in the Soccer Saturday studio saying: "He's lucky it's not a red card".
Huddersfield manager David Wagner took a verbal wipe at Austin following the flashpoint.
"After seeing the video footage, this should usually never happen, that an opponent hurts another opponent on purpose," the German said.
"I don't like to say this, but it looks this way. Jonas as well was absolutely surprised. This was a nasty challenge and nothing I like to see.
"I think he looks like this challenge was very ugly and nasty. This should never happen. Charlie Austin made the wrong decision in this moment."
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After an hour, Austin missed a golden opportunity to put Southampton 2-0 up, but failed to convert past Lossl despite being in plenty of space.
And his afternoon was compounded further when he injured his hamstring after shooting at goal with his manager Mauricio Pellegrino confirming he is likely to be sidelined for the rest of the festive schedule.
Laurent Depoitre's second-half header sealed a point for the visitors to extend Southampton's winless run to six matches.
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