The Football Association has charged Stoke midfielder Charlie Adam with violent conduct after an alleged ‘stamp’ on Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud, Sky Sport reports.
The incident occurred during Arsenal’s 1-0 loss to Stoke at the Britannia Stadium on Saturday, in which Adam seemed to stand on Giroud’s leg.
Referee Mike Jones and his team of match officials missed the incident, but it was caught on cameras and given to a three man panel of former referees to evaluate.
“Charlie Adam has today been charged by The FA for violent conduct, following an incident with Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud,” said the FA in a statement.
“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.”
Adam will have until 6 pm on Tuesday to appeal the charge, but reactions to the charge look as if the Potters will contest the verdict.
“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.”