Date: 18th February 2010 at 6:15pm
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Patrick Vieira has been banned for three matches after accepting the FA charge over his kick on Stoke City’s Glenn Whelan.

The iconic Frenchman had been given until 6pm today to respond to the charge of ‘violent conduct’, but decided against an appeal.

The 6’2 midfielder has subsequently been ruled out for the crucial home game against Liverpool and tough away trips to Stoke and Chelsea respectively.

Stoke boss Tony Pulis had called for action to be taken against Viera after he deemed that his side did not get the same treatment as other clubs in the league due to the nature of their play, and the hostile atmosphere that the fans had created at the Britannia Stadium.

Speaking to SkySports after Tuesday’s controversial draw with Manchester City, Pulls bemoaned: ‘You just hope you get the same as other clubs, you just hope for parity, and again tonight we haven’t got that, which is disappointing.

‘When we’ve had players do things off the ball and the referee doesn’t see it, we get the FA suspending our players for three games, so we just want parity.’


 

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