FA confirm they are investigating Steven Gerrard's clash with Michael Brown
Published 09:28 16/03/10 By David Anderson
Steven Gerrard could face a three-match ban after the FA confirmed they were investigating his alleged elbow on Michael Brown.
Referee Stuart Attwell appeared to have a good view of the off-the-ball clash during Liverpool's 4-1 win over Portsmouth at Anfield last night and spoke to both players after blowing for a foul.
But FA disciplinary chiefs want to know if Attwell actually saw Gerrard strike Brown on the back of the head with his right forearm.
If he didn't, the England star will be landed with a violent conduct charge and a three-game suspension.
An FA spokesman told MirrorFootball: "We need to establish what the referee gave the free-kick for. Whether it was for an element of what he saw or whether it was for the entirety of what we have all seen since on TV.
"We will be working on this basis and gathering the referee's report."
Gerrard, 29, escaped punishment for his foul-mouthed outburst and V-sign last week at Wigan when referee Andre Marriner ruled it had not been directed at him.
However he is sweating on the outcome of this FA probe and a three-match ban would seriously hit Liverpool's hopes of finishing fourth.