Adam banned for three games after losing appeal

Stoke midfielder Charlie Adam has been suspended for three matches for a violent conduct charge after the Football Association rejected his appeal, according to Sky Sports.

The 28-year-old was charged following an incident with Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud in the two side’s match-up last weekend.

Adam was thought to have stamped on the leg of the Arsenal player, which was caught on video and reviewed after the match, but the Stoke man denied the charge.

“I am extremely disappointed for the effect that this is going to have on Charlie and on the football club,” said Stoke chief executive, Tony Scholes.

“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?”

The Scot was found guilty at an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing and will now face a three match ban consisting of Premier League games against Norwich, West Ham and Aston Villa.

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