Stoke chief executive Tony Scholes has accused the Football Association of double-standards after midfielder Charlie Adam was banned for three matches – including this Saturday’s match against Norwich City.

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The Scotland international was found guilty of violent conduct after his stamp on Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud during Saturday’s 1-0 win at the Britannia Stadium was missed by referee Mike Jones but picked up by television footage.

Stoke contested the FA’s decision to charge the player but an independent panel upheld the charge against the 28-year-old yesterday.

The former Blackpool player will now miss Saturday’s crunch Premier League clash at Carrow Road.

“I am extremely disappointed for the effect that this is going to have on Charlie and on the football club,” Scholes told stokecityfc.com.

“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?”

Last month Manchester City’s Yaya Toure escaped punishment after appearing to aim a kick at Norwich’s Ricky van Wolfswinkel during a 0-0 draw at Carrow Road.

That led Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho to state: “The message is clear: the players can do what they want if the referee doesn’t see.”

Adam will also miss league matches against West Ham and Aston Villa.

34 comments

  • Overspending Ipswich are heavily in debt to owner Evans who charges interest on the loans he makes to the club. If promoted FFP will penalise them for overspending to reach promised land and effectively making it very hard to invest in new players. Fail to go up and they will need to address their overspend or face sanctions like transfer embargo or even points deduction. Either way their future looks sadder than anything we might have to endure.

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    Lincs Canary

    Thursday, March 6, 2014

  • We will lose on Saturday and with clubs below us with games in hand, that's that I'm afraid. I find it odd CH is in his job. He has made a catalogue of mistakes from signing RVW whose style is clearly out of cynic with the team playing style, to signing players like Bechio and not playing them, to not using talented players like Wes that even other clubs want, to making very late and gormless substitutions. His back room staff lack premiership experience and altogether the management team are out of their depth. This was self evident last season and the Board did nothing. Once out of the Premiership it will be years before we are back in. Maybe it's justice- the Board perhaps are a Championship outfit. A shame since we are one of only two or three Premiership clubs with 'clean' local ownership.

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    Canterbury Tales

    Thursday, March 6, 2014

  • Thanks Lincs! I certainly agree with your point about management... I really dislike Stoke under Hughes, Pulis, whoever, and Adam, decent player though he is, gets right under my skin. OTBC

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    el dingo

    Friday, March 7, 2014

  • Go on Sharky. Lay it one the line for me: exactly what should I (and my mates in the Uper Barclay) be proud of this season?

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    el dingo

    Thursday, March 6, 2014

  • Canterbury Tales, crikey! I am a severe critic of the current Management but I am not as doomed filled as you. It really depends which Norwich City turn up to play on Saturday. If it is a motivated and determined team that turn up, like the one against Tottenham , then we have a great chance of 3 points. However if it is the Norwich City of the last 25 minutes of the first half that we saw at Aston Villa, then we will struggle. I still believe that we have enough talent in the side to be a much better team than we are demonstrating. I believe we can survive in the Premiership, maybe in spite of the Manager rather than because of the Manager.

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    kenfoggo

    Thursday, March 6, 2014

  • You sure Brew... it was all on last night's teletext:)

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    el dingo

    Friday, March 7, 2014

  • Stoke certainly are not the only side who view us as 3points. Infact to my memory the only side to have come to Carrow road and not go for 3pts was Malky Mackay's Cardiff who came and sat back for a 0-0 from the word go (and some people claim he should be our manager....but thats another debate!).

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, March 6, 2014

  • Fully deserved ban and about time too.

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    sharky

    Thursday, March 6, 2014

  • Still the same as we've been for months. Counting on other sides to be worse than us. Yes its close, yes im sure some sides technically have worse quality squads than us, but ultimately is there 3 sides who will pick up less points than us? That im not sure on. The only certain relegation side I see is Cardiff IMO. Other than that im looking at maybe WBA to maybe struggle under Mel a little more and hope that one other side goes on an awful run. Others will disagree but I have more faith in Sunderland & Fulham getting more results than us under their new managers. West Ham with Carroll should have enough about them. Palace maybe? Just Maybe? Depends if Tony continues to superb work hes done there since taking over from Olly! Swansea i'd hoped would struggle with Monk in charge but they've not looked too shabby but maybe an awful run in the last 10 games would put the pressure on them. Hull & Stoke as boring as they are will surely be ok and grind the results out? End of the day its blooming horrid looking at our chances of survival based on others doing worse than us, rather than us securing our safety ourselves. Our squads more than capable.

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, March 6, 2014

  • A Stoke player banned for being rough! Who'd have thought it. We could loan them Tettey's studs as cover. Meanwhile Stoke need some good away days because if you do a table based only on away results to date they are one of only 3 teams below NCFC. If you do the same table on goal difference however we would be bottom. And that brings us to the season's conundrum because, conversely, if you do a league based only on home results we are an 11th placed mean machine with a plus one gd. CH and co urgently need to work out why our defence turns in to a sieve on its travels otherwise we will be dependant on maintaining our current point per game return (homeaway average) to see us through. That would be 38 points and if goal difference comes in to it we'd be sunk.

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    Lincs Canary

    Thursday, March 6, 2014

  • PS you've got a good point about QPR - I had no idea the debt was that much. Immoral.

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    el dingo

    Thursday, March 6, 2014

  • We are at the point where draws are of little use. We need the kind of form and consistency we haven't shown all season. So is it realistic to expect, as if by magic, it to happen now? Can Hughton inspire and motivate his troops for the battle ahead? Can he change his game plan and philosophy overnight? Can he get the team balance right? Can he read the game in progress and respond positively? Can he use his subs intelligently? If the answer is yes to all five then we stand a chance! What do you think?!!!

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    malaga flier

    Thursday, March 6, 2014

  • Oh, Mattias, can you not put both your hands on both your hearts and say you believe we`ll survive? Can you not use your powers as a Time Lord to influence the outcome in our favour? Hey, Canterbury Tales, not taking the p!**, but I just loved your typo `cynic` for `sync`! It sort of says something relevant about the way City fans are feeling about the mismanagement of our beloved club. As you say, our `clean local ownership` is a rare example. Good ol` Chicken Chappie from Banham, Dishy Delia from Surrey, or somewhere, via Little London in Suffolk. Welsh publishing magnate Michael W-J. Seriously, you are right. It does seem more wholesome than Fake Tan Man at Cardiff, the "Hull Tigers" mob or that Randy Tyro at Villa etc. Not to mention the sinister oilygarch at Chelsea. Like you, I feel that timidity and indecision have lost all that was gained in the Cavalier days of Lambo. Missed opportunity? Unless Matt can do something.....

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, March 6, 2014

  • I agree with you Lincs. I dont understand the Fair Play rules. Just seen QPR announced massive loses. I cant think that should go unpunished IMO

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    sharky

    Thursday, March 6, 2014

  • Also good news Sharky. According to FFP 'expert' they had on Talksport he claims if QPR dont achieve immediate promotion back to PL this season via Auto or Playoffs they face Financial ruin because of the FFP rules. Fingers crossed anyway after they were incredibly arrogant towards NCFC last season.

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, March 6, 2014

  • Stupidly I believe we will beat Stoke.Typical Hughton, no consistency. Dont get me wrong though it won't be 3-0 or 4-0. Crickey, just winning is a plus at the minute let alone winning by more than 2 clear goals. I suspecting 1-0 unless Mr Walters decides to be a annoying so & so, in which case ill go for 2-1 NCFC. My concern is which Stoke Centre backs will play. Certain combo's will keep Hooper firmly at bay. NZonzi is sure to kick the life out of Wes as well, thats if the idiots within the crowd have not booed him out the ground before then. Hopefully Stoke will be struggling to score just as much as we have lately which could lead to an utterly boring 0-0. Depends what Stoke turn up more than which NCFC in my eyes.

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, March 6, 2014

  • I think we are very lucky that Tettey did not join Charlie Adam on the sidelines for three games. Just as well the ref saw the incident and only decided it would be a yellow card. However, I am sure Stoke will still see us as a potential three pointer, knowing that we always give one or two soft chances every game. Bassong got away with his against Spurs but we paid the price against Villa. I would replace him with Bennett on Saturday but that will still be a risk as he has not yet played with Yobo. Such a shame CH did not use the second half against Villa to try the pairing out.

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    TrevorKeith

    Thursday, March 6, 2014

  • El Dingo, I struggle to find anything for you to be proud of on the playing side. Maybe the seasons highlight was was one of our players scoring a winning goal for England under 21 the other night!! Or two of our other players giving praiseworty performances on international duty. The lengthening thread being how they perform better under different managers.

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    Lincs Canary

    Friday, March 7, 2014

  • Agree, sharky. Again!!

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, March 6, 2014

  • Having scored 7 goals for Stoke this season I imagine they will look at this as a major set-back. Can we capitalise though? I think our home form should see us over the line - just.

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    Mellow_Yellow

    Thursday, March 6, 2014

  • You sure Brew... it was all on last night's teletext:)

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    el dingo

    Friday, March 7, 2014

  • Ok M333 also £66 million just shows how the owner tried to buy retaining EPL status. Maybe he will think again along with others who want to do the same. In spite of what people say here about our board, you have to say we have something to be proud of at NCFC

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    sharky

    Thursday, March 6, 2014

  • Beating Stoke, Sunderland & WBA at Carrow Road is a must. (I dont believe it'll happen - I've got 2 wins and draw down). Cant keep giving points to our rivals. Simple.

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, March 6, 2014

  • MB, re yr cue in about retro action favouring big clubs I have not found any stats that either prove or disprove the theory. This year's ongoing Fair Play League, giving a point for a yellow and 2 for a red, shows Cardiff the least penalised side (34 pts), C.P., 2nd and Lpool 3rd. We are 9th with 48 pts and Stoke bottom with 67pts. The Fair Play league is in fact a well shuffled pack when compared to actual PL placings and does not suggest any conspiracy by refs on the field of play. Where I do see a conspiracy looming, something I have alluded to in the past, is the Financial Fair Play rules accommodating financial manipulation by the rich clubs.

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    Lincs Canary

    Thursday, March 6, 2014

  • Canterbury Tales, crikey! I am a severe critic of the current Management but I am not as doomed filled as you. It really depends which Norwich City turn up to play on Saturday. If it is a motivated and determined team that turn up, like the one against Tottenham , then we have a great chance of 3 points. However if it is the Norwich City of the last 25 minutes of the first half that we saw at Aston Villa, then we will struggle. I still believe that we have enough talent in the side to be a much better team than we are demonstrating. I believe we can survive in the Premiership, maybe in spite of the Manager rather than because of the Manager.

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    kenfoggo

    Thursday, March 6, 2014

  • Thanks, LincsCan. I agree with you on the FFP business. The big boys will already have plotted their way through, round and over them. sharky, I also admire your humility as well as your vastly superior knowledge. I am in awe. ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, March 7, 2014

  • Blimey. That`s twice in a week I agree with sharky ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, March 6, 2014

  • There seems to be a groundswell of opinion within football that there are two versions of the rules. One for the `haves`, one for the `have nots`. It would need a statistical analysis to flesh-out such a theory (Cue Lincs Canary!). I agree with TK, Bennett should`ve been given the second half on Saturday. Bassong is just not.... Bassong as we once knew him. It really is `stand up and be counted` time for our players now. Villa was the first of a 7-game run in which all the games have realistic potential for points and they messed up badly. It`s going to take a sea change in attitude and of confidence to pull this season out of the poop. As Mattias says, we need to beat Stoke, Sunderland & West Brom.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, March 6, 2014

  • Stupidly I believe we will beat Stoke.Typical Hughton, no consistency. Dont get me wrong though it won't be 3-0 or 4-0. Crickey, just winning is a plus at the minute let alone winning by more than 2 clear goals. I suspecting 1-0 unless Mr Walters decides to be a annoying pleb, in which case ill go for 2-1 NCFC. My concern is which Stoke Centre backs will play. Certain combo's will keep Hooper firmly at bay. NZonzi is sure to kick the life out of Wes as well, thats if the idiots within the crowd have not booed him out the ground before then. Hopefully Stoke will be struggling to score just as much as we have lately which could lead to an utterly boring 0-0. Depends what Stoke turn up more than which NCFC in my eyes.

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, March 6, 2014

  • Brew its not a crime to agree with the knowledgeable. Malaga we are in serious trouble we dont have a central defence IMHO

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    sharky

    Thursday, March 6, 2014

  • By the way just seen that QPR are now a total of £177 in debt. How can that be right?

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    sharky

    Thursday, March 6, 2014

  • Totally agree Sharky. Ill never have a pop at McNally & co. Nice in this day an age that someone is still trying to go about running a football club the right way. McNally has brought a sharper edge to our nicey nice imaged board.

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    Mattias333

    Friday, March 7, 2014

  • Fair play Lincs. But why should we sit back and watch this triumvirate of numbskulls destroy our club? While the Board look on like Nero... we're destroying all we've achieved and it makes me very sad

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    el dingo

    Thursday, March 6, 2014

  • Sometimes you get the rub of the green, other times you do not....... If it helps City get three points against Stoke, then well and good ! In the course of a season these things have a way of balancing themselves out. It is going to a tight race to see who avoids the drop, and City have their destiny in their own hands. Certainly home wins against Stoke, Sunderland & WBA have to be prime targets for 9 points now. Beyond that Southampton, Swansea & Fulham away all have to be potential targets too. That is 18 points up for grabs before we even get to the final run in with the dreaded four. I will not accept that we throw the towel in and get nothing at all from the final four games - we have beaten Man Utd & Arsenal last season - and we can make Liverpool & Chelsea work very hard for a result - especially if they are under tremendous pressure themselves in the run in for the title. There are 30 points up for grabs - and when you look at the teams others around us - there is no reason why Norwich should not secure 17th place or better this season. However, I do think there needs to be a serious overhaul this summer to turn things around !

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    Dubai Canary

    Thursday, March 6, 2014

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