Stoke chief executive hints at FA bias

After Charlie Adam's appeal to overturn a three-match ban for a stamp on Arsenal's Olivier Giroud was turned down, Tony Scholes bemaons decisions going against "clubs like ours"
Stoke City chief executive Tony Scholes has suggested that the Football Association is biased against "clubs like ours" during disciplinary appeals.

The Potters' appeal to overturn Charlie Adam's three-match ban, a punishment received after he appeared to stamp on the leg of Arsenal's Olivier Giroud during Saturday's Premier League match at the Britannia Stadium, was rejected on Wednesday.

The incident went unpunished during the match but was caught on video. Stoke immediately appealed the decision, arguing that there was no intent on Adam's part to injury the striker, but an independent regulatory commission upheld the original ruling, meaning that he will sit out the club's upcoming games against Norwich City, West Ham and Aston Villa.

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An unhappy Scholes told the club's official website: "I am extremely disappointed for the effect that this is going to have on Charlie and on the football club.

"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?"