Fulham midfielder Michael Brown has been charged with violent conduct after appearing to headbutt Liverpool’s Xabi Alonso.

The 30-year-old clashed with Alonso in the first-half of Fulham’s 1-0 win on Saturday, leaving the Spaniard with a bloody nose.

Brown has until 1800 GMT on Wednesday to answer the charge.

If he does not appeal, he will serve a three-match ban, missing Sunday’s match at Middlesbrough along with the first two games of next season.

The referee did not see the incident, which left Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez seething.

“It was clear and everybody saw it,” said Benitez.

“When the FA view the replay I suppose they will take action.

“If the officials had seen it then it could have changed the game. Big money has been spent in the electronics system for the four officials yet nobody could see anything.”

Fulham caretaker manager Lawrie Sanchez responded: “I asked Browny what happened at half-time and he said they ran into each other, there was no headbutt.

“I believe my captain if he says that. He did say they clashed heads but added there was no intent.

“What will be will be – it’s not for me to decide what the Football Association will do.”