FA should abolish TV review system, claims Stoke manager Hughes

Stoke City boss Mark Hughes has claimed that the FA should abolish its TV review system, describing it as ‘fundamentally flawed’ after Charlie Adam was handed a three-match ban, the Daily Express has reported.

Adam was given the punishment by a panel of former referees, who, using the television review system, ruled that the Scot had deliberately stamped on Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud during Stoke’s 1-0 victory over the Gunners on March 1.

The Potters appealed against the decision during the week, but were unsuccessful, meaning that Adam will now miss games against Norwich City, West Ham United and Aston Villa. The former Liverpool man is Stoke’s second top scorer this season with seven goals.

And Hughes, unhappy at the decision to ban Adam, believes that the television review system should no longer be used. He said: “I think from the top to the bottom of it the process is fundamentally flawed. Charlie was charged and we went through the process because we felt so strongly about it. But there was little chance of us being successful because of the process.”

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