Owen faces FA punishment for Arteta clash

Stoke City’s Michael Owen could face disciplinary action after seemingly attempting to strike Arsenal’s Mikel Arteta during this weekend’s Premier League game, according to the Mail on Sunday.

The ex-Liverpool and England striker lashed out at the Arsenal playmaker in the dying moments of the Potters’ 1-0 defeat at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Referee Chris Foy missed the incident but it now appears that the Football Association could take retrospective action over Owen’s petulant hand-off.

Stoke City manager Tony Pulis admitted that Owen was in the wrong but also insisted that the Arteta tackle which sparked the incident was a poor one. He said: “Let’s see what they [the FA] say. But I think it should have been a free-kick for us. If Michael has done what he has done and they look at it, they will deal with it.

Owen signed for Stoke in the summer but it’s a move which has not proved fruitful so far, with the former Real Madrid poacher having found the net on only one occasion.

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