Charlie Adam has been banned for three matches by the Football Association, after his stamp on Olivier Giroud during Stoke’s weekend win over Arsenal.
The ball seemed to have long gone when Adam appeared to step on Giroud’s leg, causing evident agony for the France interntional. The fact that the referee did not see it meant that the FA could act upon it and they decided to charge the former Liverpool man on Monday.
Adam has now been banned for three games, with the news being confirmed through the official FA website. The statement read:
“Stoke City’s Charlie Adam will serve a three-match suspension with immediate effect after an FA charge for violent conduct was found proven.
“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].”
Stoke City’s next three games are Norwich (A), West Ham (H) and Aston Villa (A). All three games are in the Barclays Premier League, which Charlie Adam will miss for Stoke.