Schweinsteiger slapped with three-match ban

Manchester United midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger has been handed a three-match suspension after pleading guilty to a charge of violent conduct.

The incident in question took place during the Red Devils' clash with West Ham United at Old Trafford on Saturday, with Schweinsteiger lucky to escape a red card after he'd elbowed West Ham's Winston Reid in the throat.

The offence wasn't spotted by the match referee, but was captured by TV cameras at the ground.

"Bastian Schweinsteiger will serve a three-match suspension with immediate effect after he accepted an FA charge for violent conduct which was not seen by the match officials but caught on video," read a Football Association statement.

"The Manchester United midfielder was involved in an incident with West Ham United's Winston Reid in the 40th minute of the game on Saturday 5 December 2015."

As a result of the suspension, Schweinsteiger will miss the upcoming fixtures against Bournemouth, Norwich City and Stoke City.

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