Stoke city manager Mark Hughes has said that he is disappointed with Tottenham’s decision to go to the FA disciplinary panel in order to complain Charlie Adam’s tackle on midfielder Paulinho.
The Brazilian was subjected to an intense tackle from the former Liverpool midfielder and he came out was in the tackle. He is set to miss the next month of action due to suffering an ankle ligament injury and Tottenham felt that Adam should be punished for his over the top challenge.
However, the appeal to the disciplinary panel did not bring fruitful efforts, as it was rejected after careful analysis. Meanwhile, Tottenham midfielder Sandro tweeted that Adam is a player with a previous history of hurting Tottenham players and that he is a beast. Hughes has come to the rescue of this player by saying that Adam does not have any reason to go about hurting Tottenham players alone.
He thinks that the challenge was a fair attempt to win the ball when both players had the chance to do so. Adam is no stranger to controversy over highflying tackles after he has been responsible for incidents involving Gareth Bale in the past, but that has been dismissed primarily due to personal reasons. Stoke have been trying to play an attractive style of football under Hughes.
“We don’t appreciate some of their players Twittering on their own sites about ‘Waiting for Charlie’. I think that has the potential for a disrepute charge in itself, so we’ll see if that’s responded to. I was disappointed it went to a disciplinary panel as the referee (Kevin Friend) was two yards away from it. Apparently he said he didn’t see it. I was disappointed as the referee should have seen it was a genuine attempt to win the ball,” said Hughes.