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FA Charge Charlie Adam

Midfielder Charlie Adam

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PUBLISHED

17:30 3rd March 2014

Club respond to Football Association's decision

STOKE CITY have issued the following statement in response to The FA's charge for Charlie Adam:

"The Club have learnt within the last hour that The FA have chosen to charge Charlie Adam following an incident involving Olivier Giroud in Saturday's Barclays Premier League game against Arsenal.

"Charlie and the Club are surprised and disappointed to learn of this and will appeal vigorously against the decision."

The FA statement:

"Stoke City’s Charlie Adam has today been charged by The FA for violent conduct, following an incident with Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud.

"The incident, 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 has until 6pm on Tuesday 4 March 2014 to respond to the charge.

"Under a new pilot project in Premier League matches this season, if an incident has not been seen by the match officials, a three-man panel of former elite referees will be asked by The FA to review it and advise what, if any action, they believe the match referee should have taken had it been witnessed at the time.

"For an FA charge to follow, all three panel members must agree it is a sending-off offence. In this instance, the panel were of the unanimous decision that it was an act of violent conduct."

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