Jedinak charged with violent conduct

Crystal Palace captain Mile Jedinak faces a ban after being charged with violent conduct for elbowing Diafra Sakho.

Mile Jedinak has been charged with violent conduct and could face a ban after an elbow on West Ham striker Diafra Sakho.

The Australian inexplicably lashed out at Sakho after making a clearance in Crystal Palace's 3-1 win at Upton Park on Saturday.

Referee Mike Dean failed to spot the incident, though Jedinak has been retrospectively charged by the Football Association after the incident was caught by television cameras.

Jedinak has until 18:00 GMT on Tuesday to respond to the charge, with Palace set to play Southampton later that day.

If found guilty, the Socceroos skipper faces the prospect of missing four games after already being sent off this season in a 3-1 home defeat to Sunderland in November.

The 30-year-old had only just broken back into the Palace line-up after returning from the Asian Cup with a minor ankle injury.

Manager Alan Pardew was quick to leap to the defence of the Aussie post-match.

Jedinak was making a clearance from his own penalty box, before his trailing right elbow swung into Sakho’s face.

Pardew said: "I’ve seen the incident. There’s no doubt he’s gone to aggressively kick the ball into the stand to buy us some time and his elbow is high.

“I don’t think there is anything malicious in it. I hope the authorities look kindly on him.”

He added: “His performance today was phenomenal.

“He won almost every header in midfield. Anyone who knows him, knows he hasn’t got any nastiness in him.

“It’s a shame this will probably get some headlines.”