The Football Association have confirmed Stoke City midfielder Charlie Adam has been charged with violent conduct after his stamp on Olivier Giroud.
The Scotsman was caught by cameras standing on the Arsenal striker’s leg late after a pass, but the referee missed the incident much to the dismay of traveling fans who witnessed a lackluster Arsenal performance in a heated 1-0 loss.
The incident, which was not seen by the match officials but caught on video, occurred during the fixture between the two sides at the Britannia Stadium on Saturday 1 March 2014.
Adam has until 6pm on Tuesday 4 March 2014 to respond to the charge.
Under a new pilot project in Premier League matches this season, if an incident has not been seen by the match officials, a three-man panel of former elite referees will be asked by The FA to review it and advise what, if any action, they believe the match referee should have taken had it been witnessed at the time.
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For an FA charge to follow, all three panel members must agree it is a sending-off offence.
In this instance, the panel were of the unanimous decision that it was an act of violent conduct.
Laughably, Stoke are “surprised and disappointed” by the FA’s judgement and will appeal against the decision as this is how they’ve always played – dirty and like c***s.
He deserves a three match ban minimum.
Here’s the stamp:
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