Premier League - Alcaraz charged for spitting

Mon, 07 Nov 13:25:00 2011

Wigan Athletic defender Antolin Alcaraz has been charged by the FA with spitting at an opponent during Sunday's 3-1 defeat at Wolverhampton Wanderers.

FOOTBALL Wigan defender Antolion Alcaraz - 0

The Paraguayan centre-back was caught on camera appearing to spit at Wolves right-back Richard Stearman in the 83rd minute of the clash at Molineux.

Alcaraz, 29, has until 18:00 UK time on Tuesday November 8 to respond to the charge. Should he admit to it he will serve an automatic three-match suspension.

The incident sparked a brawl involving several players from each team. Referee Lee Probert did not see what happened and was therefore unable to take any action, but Stearman confirmed that Alcaraz had spat in his direction after it was initially thought it was aimed at Christophe Berra.

Stearman said: "I can confirm it happened and that it was me rather than Berra. I'll let other people talk about it and let other people deal with it. I won't push for anything, it's one of those things, but it's not nice... but I don't think it's right for me to talk about it at the moment."

Wolves manager Mick McCarthy said: "Spitting is taboo if that's what happened. I only had it happen to me once and the player didn't come too close to me for a long time after that.

"If it has been shown, that is unacceptable behaviour and anyone here who was spat at would act accordingly. If that has happened, he shouldn't be doing it."

Wigan midfielder Ben Watson cancelled out Jamie O'Hara's 31st-minute opener for Wolves just before the break, but McCarthy's side struck twice in the second period through David Edwards and Stephen Ward to seal the win.

Wolves 3 Wigan 1

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