Charlie Austin: From hero to zero?
Southampton’s recent form has been pretty woeful but they took a half-time lead against Huddersfield thanks to another goal by Charlie Austin.
The former Burnley and QPR striker has been one of the bright spots of Southampton’s season, producing goals for Southampton on a regular basis.
Austin was in the right place at the right time to put Southampton in front against Huddersfield after 24 minutes.
Later on in the first half of the Premier League match, Austin clashed with Huddersfield goalkeeper Jonas Lossl and could well find himself in serious trouble.
Did Charlie Austin deliberately kick Jonas Lossl?
Before half-time, Austin was set free on goal and as he went for the ball with the Huddersfield goalkeeper, managed to hit Jonas Lossl.
The Huddersfield custodian was able to continue playing but had to receive plenty of treatment.
And, with referee Lee Probert completely missing the incident, there are now suggestions that Austin faces a three match ban.
Will Charlie Austin be banned?
It now seems very likely that Charlie Austin’s challenge on Jonas Lossl will be referred to the Premier League disciplinary committee.
If this is the case, Austin faces a similar punishment to the likes of Oumar Niasse (Everton) and James Tarkowski (Burnley) who have received retrospective punishments.
Southamptons’s next three matches after Huddersfield today are against: Tottenham (a), Manchester United (a) and Crystal Palace (h).
Tweets on possible Charlie Austin retrospective ban
Charlie Austin should be off. Stamped on Jonas Lössl’s face well after the ball has gone. Knew exactly what he was doing – no chance to win it from that position. FA should be taking a look at that retrospectively. Disgusting challenge #HTAFC
— Raj Bains (@BainsXIII) December 23, 2017
"He could've took his eye out…"
— BT Sport Score (@btsportscore) December 23, 2017
'Austin knew what he was doing'
— BBC Solent Sport (@solentsport) December 23, 2017
Incoming ban for Charlie Austin potentially…
— #FPL Heisenberg (@FPL_Heisenberg) December 23, 2017
Charlie Austin could be – and should – be in trouble for kicking Lossl in the face.
So unnecessary leaving his boot in on the keepers face – cutting his nose open.
Scored a good goal, they have the lead – why ?!?
— Adam Blackmore (@AdamBlackmore) December 23, 2017
Charlie Austin you utter disgrace. Forget a three match ban , he needs suspending for a long time for that.
— Thomas Hepworth (@hepworth92) December 23, 2017
Charlie Austin gotta get that 3 game ban
— Aghogho (@straight_007) December 23, 2017
— Daniel Large (@DanielLarge) December 23, 2017
3 match ban incoming for Charlie Austin me thinks. May as well write off those games. #saintsfc
— Lee Roberts (@Lee_R1989) December 23, 2017