Fulham have requested a personal hearing after the club, centre forward Aleksandar Mitrovic and Marco Silva were charged with multiple disciplinary charges by the Football Association following their exit from the FA Cup at Manchester United eight days ago, according to the Athletic’s Peter Rutzler.

The Premier League club have asked for the right for their case to be heard on the basis of oral submissions, either in person or remotely, rather than through paper documentation given the gravity of the charges laid against them. Fulham have chosen this course of action as they believe it will provide them with the best opportunity to mount the fullest defence of their players and staff given the media outcry that followed the three red cards in 40 seconds at Old Trafford – and the reaction to Mitrovic’s sending off for remonstrating and touching referee Chris Kavanagh.

The Cottagers are compiling a dossier of other incidents comparable to what the Serbian striker was shown a red card for that extend beyond an incident where Manchester United midfielder Bruno Fernandes touched an assistant referee in their 7-0 defeat at Anfield and escaped punishment. It is believed that the Whites requested a personal hearing before learning of the further charges levied against Silva this afternoon for his comments about Kavanagh in a post-match press conference.