Bournemouth midfielder Jefferson Lerma has been charged with a biting offence by the Football Association (FA).
The incident happened on the 3rd of November 2020 during their 1-0 defeat to Sheffield Wednesday. The game was an ill-tempered encounter which included two red cards.
The club have acknowledged the charge that Lerma breached FA Rule E3 by committing “an act of violent conduct” in the defeat at Hillsborough.
However, the club say that Lerma “strenuously denies the allegation.” They have until 24 December to respond but will request a personal hearing.
“The club fully support Jefferson and will continue to do so throughout the process,” said Bournemouth in a statement.
The 26-year-old was the club’s record signing when he arrived for £25m from Spanish side Levante on a five-year deal in 2018.
By Mauwane Raophala