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.