Middlesbrough to appeal after forward charged by Football Association

Cristian Stuani (left) in action for Middlesbrough
Cristian Stuani (left) in action for Middlesbrough

Middlesbrough forward Cristhian Stuani has been charged for an "alleged act of violent conduct" by the Football Association.

An FA panel reviewed video footage of an incident during Saturday's 1-0 win over Preston which was missed by the match officials.

Middlesbrough have already confirmed they will appeal against the charge by the deadline of 6pm on Tuesday.

An FA statement read: "Cristian Stuani has been charged for an alleged act of violent conduct which was not seen by the match officials but caught on video.

"The Middlesbrough forward was involved in an incident in the 54th minute of their game with Preston North End on Saturday April 9, 2016.

"The matter was referred to by a panel of three former elite referees who each reviewed the video footage independently of one another to determine whether they considered it a sending-off offence.

"For an FA charge to follow, the decision by the panel must be unanimous."

A Boro statement read: "The club can confirm we will be lodging an appeal before 6pm."