Luke Shaw could face FA charge over accusations made against referee after Chelsea clash

Luke Shaw could face a charge from the Football Association following his accusations towards referee Stuart Attwell after Manchester United’s goalless draw at Chelsea.

Shaw criticised Attwell following his decision not to award the Red Devils a penalty in the stalemate at Stamford Bridge, following an incident in which the ball appeared to strike the hand of Callum Hudson-Odoi inside the penalty area.

The full-back claimed to have overheard a conversation between the referee and United captain Harry Maguire, in which Attwell reportedly told the defender there would be ‘a lot of talk’ about the decision if he had awarded a spot kick.

Speaking to Sky Sports post-match, Shaw said: ‘The ref even said to H [Maguire], I heard him say “if I say it’s a penalty then it’s going to cause a lot of talk about it after”, so I don’t know what happened there. H [Maguire] said that they got told it was a penalty by VAR.’

Maguire has since reportedly told Manchester United officials that Shaw ‘misheard’ the conversation, though the Daily Mail are reporting that that may not be enough to stop the England international from being punished by the FA.

The FA will decide today whether to punish Shaw for his outburst and it could lead to a potential ban and misconduct charge, under a ruling preventing players from implying bias or attacking the integrity of match officials.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was amongst the names to have also criticised Attwell’s decision despite the referee rewatching the incident on the pitch-side monitor, as United slipped to a third draw in four fixtures to fall 12 points adrift of league leaders Manchester City.

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