Roberts could face action after clash

Wigan striker Jason Roberts is facing an anxious wait to find out whether the Football Association will take official action against him following an alleged elbow incident at West Ham.

Roberts is understood to have apologised to West Ham defender James Collins for catching him with an elbow, explaining it was an accidental collision.

However, the FA are still weighing up whether to launch an official investigation by reviewing video replays of the alleged incident, which occurred during Wigan’s 2-0 win.

If Roberts is charged with violent conduct and found guilty, the 27-year-old striker, who scored Wigan’s opening goal in their 2-0 win at Upton Park, could face a ban of up to three matches.

He was booked by referee Steve Bennett after an earlier incident, in which he jumped for a ball with Wales international Collins and caught the defender in the face with his elbow.

Shortly afterwards, Roberts was moving to shield a ball coming towards him and, in doing so, appeared to catch Collins’ face again with his left elbow, leaving the defender with a cut lip.

The FA were expected to study video evidence to establish whether an inquiry should be launched, while they are also awaiting further information from referee Bennett.


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