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ESPN FC Posted by ESPN staff
Mar 5, 2014

Charlie Adam gets three-match ban

Stoke City midfielder Charlie Adam has been suspended for three matches for violent conduct by the Football Association.

Charlie Adam and Olivier Giroud clash Stoke vs Arsenal
Adam escaped censure for the incident during the match.

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Adam, 28, appeared to stamp on Olivier Giroud's leg during Saturday's 1-0 home win over Arsenal.

Referee Mike Jones did not book Adam after he appeared to bring his studs down on the France striker as he lay on the floor during the second half at the Britannia Stadium.

Stoke said they would appeal, stating they were "surprised and disappointed" by the charge. However, the FA's independent regulatory commission ruled on Wednesday that Adam was guilty of violent conduct.

The Scotland international will now miss Stoke's upcoming Premier League trips to Norwich and Aston Villa as well as the home fixture against West Ham.

Potters chief executive Tony Scholes has since accused the FA of double-standards, saying: “I am not surprised because clubs like ours very rarely succeed in appeals to the FA. We put together a strong defence which was based upon the facts, which were that Charlie needed to plant his foot, and in changing direction his eyes followed the ball at all times.

“How can anybody other than Charlie say what intent was there? How can the FA possibly justify this decision in the light of recent incidents which were far worse at other clubs, which have gone unpunished?'' 

Information from the Press Association was used in this report

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