Stoke not happy with Charlie Adam suspension for stamp on Olivier Giroud

28-year old Stoke City playmaker Charlie Adam has been suspended for 3 games after being found guilty of violent conduct in Stoke’s 1-0 win over Arsenal last weekend. The Scotland international was caught on video stamping Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud’s leg in an off the ball incident which was not seen by referee Mike Jones. According to the new FA regulations though Adam was found guilty post-match and despite adamant appeals from Stoke City’s management, Adam’s ban was upheld by an independent jury.

While Arsenal will feel hard done by, that the former Liverpool man was not sent off on the day by referee Mike Jones, Stoke City Chief Executive Tony Scholes is adamant that the act was not intentional.

Speaking after his appeal was refuted by the FA, a dejected Scholes was quoted in the Daily Mail as saying, “I am extremely disappointed for the effect that this is going to have on Charlie and on the football club, However, 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?”

Arsenal though lost all 3 points, which saw them fall further behind in the title race this season as league leaders Chelsea now hold a 4 point gap with Arsenal in the league standings.

Updated: March 6, 2014 — 10:15 am

3 Comments

  1. Club officials and coaches should learn to teach players not to kick other players because they want to win games. The right thing to do when playing soccer is to concetrate on the ball,not to concetrate on injuring other players. Ramsey have been out of the game for two years because of the same team and they continue to kick other players. that is not football, play clean soccer, tackles are allowed but kicking someone is not good, because you enter up injuring him. I think they got what they wanted. they should not get away with such crueal play. although Arsenal did not benefit anything. It is good that the culprit have been punished.

  2. Thug !! got what he deserved !!!

  3. Wake up arsenal or else it will b chelsea.

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