Updates from Wednesday Mar. 5
Stoke City’s Charlie Adam will serve a three-match suspension with immediate effect after an FA charge for violent conduct was found proven.
Adam had denied the charge, but it was found proven at an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing today [Wednesday 5 March 2014].
Stoke City midfielder Charlie Adam has been charged with violent conduct by the English Football Association following an incident with Arsenal's Olivier Giroud in the Potters' Premier League victory on Saturday at Britannia Stadium.
The FA's official website confirmed the charge Monday:
Stoke City’s Charlie Adam has today been charged by The FA for violent conduct, following an incident with Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud. Adam has until 6pm on Tuesday 4 March 2014 to respond to the charge.
According to Premier League policy via the FA, since the incident was not seen by the match official but captured on video, a three-man panel of former referees was assigned to review the incident and suggest what action should or would have been taken by the match official at the time.
The three men were in agreement that Adam exercised violent conduct and should have been sent off with a red card as a result.
Naturally, Adam's teammate Steven Nzonzi was critical of Arsenal, essentially calling them soft after Stoke's victory, per ESPN FC:
We know that Arsenal play good football but when you start kicking them a little bit, it gets harder for them. They don't like it, we know that. We don't care. We'll keep on doing it, being strong and trying to be as good as we can be on the ball. It's not a surprise they have been moaning because they have plenty of technical players.
Although Adam is likely to learn from his mistake and the subsequent punishment, it's a shame that Stoke's signature win has been overshadowed by Adam's temporary loss of composure. For a club destined to finish toward the middle of the pack, Saturday's 1-0 win was arguably the highlight of the Potters' 2013-14 campaign.
Despite not having scored since Feb. 1, the 28-year-old Adam has been a critical factor for Stoke all season long, scoring six goals and assisting on three others through 26 Premier League appearances and helping keep the club afloat in one of Europe's most challenging leagues.
If he's able to bounce back quickly, Adam will have plenty of added motivation to propel Stoke moving forward and cast a positive light on his club once again.
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