London - Crystal Palace's Australia midfielder Mile Jedinak was charged with violent conduct by the Football Association on Monday following his elbow on West Ham United's Diafra Sakho.
Jedinak struck Hammers striker Sakho in the face as the pair jumped for a header towards the end of Palace's 3-1 win at Upton Park in the Premier League on Saturday.
Referee Mike Dean took no action and the incident was not seen by the other match officials, but it was caught on video, allowing the FA to take retrospective action.
A retrospective punishment for violent conduct would see Jedinak suspended for four matches as the 30-year-old has already been sent off this season.
Jedinak has until 20:00 (SA time) on Tuesday to respond to the charge.
Palace manager Alan Pardew, speaking earlier in the day before the charge was announced, insisted Jedinak did not deserve to be punished.
"I saw it immediately after the game because it was highlighted to me by the press," Pardew said.
"I have seen worse incidents where nothing has happened so I will be surprised if something happens with this.
"But the media have highlighted it and we will have to see where it goes.
"Is it a case of trial by media? Yes and I think it is a problem.
"We had an incident with (West Brom defender) Craig Dawson on (Palace 'keeper) Julian Speroni earlier in the season - it was far worse than this incident and nothing was done.
"It is about where are the guidelines? In retrospect it is very, very difficult and I think the FA have a tough job."