Hleb Slapped With Violent Conduct Charge
Belarusian forward Aliaksandr Hleb has been charged with violent conduct by the Football Association this afternoon. The F.A. reviewed footage of Hleb appearing to slap Graeme Murty in Saturday`s 2-0 victory over Reading. An F.A. Statement said, The incident was not seen by referee Peter Walton. Having now watched video footage, Walton has informed the FA that, had he seen it, he would have shown Hleb a red card for violent conduct.'
Hleb has until 6pm tomorrow to respond to the charge, which will be heard on Thursday, 24th April. If found guilty, Hleb will face a three match ban which will curtail his season. With speculation mounting that Hleb will be leaving in the summer, it is not inconceivable that he may have played his last game for the Gunners.