Darnell Fisher, the Preston defender, seems set to face a Football Association investigation for appearing to grab the genitals of an opponent, Sheffield Wednesday’s Callum Paterson.
Camera footage showed Fisher twice touching Paterson in the groin area during Saturday’s Championship game at Deepdale, a match won 1-0 by Preston in Wednesday manager Tony Pulis’s first game in charge.
The FA is understood to be aware of the alleged incident, which occurred as Preston prepared to defend a corner, and are set to investigate. The governing body will decide its course of action after receiving referee David Webb’s report.
Earlier this year, England rugby union international Joe Marler was banned for 10 weeks for a low grab on Wales captain Alun Wyn Jones in a Six Nations match. In Super League, St Helens’ Tommy Makinson was suspended for five matches in August for grabbing the testicles of Castleford’s Liam Watts.
Last week Catalans Dragons forward Joel Tomkins was banned for eight matches after being found guilty of making “inappropriate contact” with the backside of Leeds full-back Richie Myler.
Preston won the match after a goal from Tom Barkhuizen, as Josh Windass sent off for Wednesday.