Charlie Adam hit with three-match ban for violent conduct

TV footage showed Stoke midfielder stamped on Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud

Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud  argues with Stoke City’s Charlie Adam  during the  Premier League match  at the Britannia Stadium. Photograph: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud argues with Stoke City’s Charlie Adam during the Premier League match at the Britannia Stadium. Photograph: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Wed, Mar 5, 2014, 15:38

Midfielder Charlie Adam has been suspended for three matches after being found guilty of violent conduct.

The Scotland international was punished for his stamp on Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud during Saturday’s 1-0 win at the Britannia Stadium.

Referee Mike Jones did not see the incident but it was picked up on television footage and although the Potters said they “vigorously appealed” the Football Association’s decision to punish the player, an independent panel upheld the charge against the 28-year-old.

“Stoke City’s Charlie Adam will serve a three-match suspension with immediate effect after an FA charge for violent conduct was found proven,” said an FA statement.

“The incident with Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud, 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 had denied the charge, but it was found proven at an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing today (Wednesday 5 March 2014).”