The FA have said that there will be no action taken against Stoke’ Charlie Adam, despite the midfielder appearing to stamp on Arsenal forward Alexis Sánchez.
The incident happened in the run-up to Arsenal going 3-1 up the second half, as Alex Iwobi picked the ball up before slotting past Lee Grant.
Adam appeared, on first glance at least, to land on Sánchez’s calf as he ran past him, though the main debate was to how much downward pressure the Scotland international put on his opponent.
The Times, however, are reporting that the FA don’t consider the incident worthy of retrospective action.
The 31-year-old was in the thick of it at the Emirates on Saturday, having earlier scored a penalty to put his side into a surprise lead.
Arsenal fans on social media were furious after the incident, with Stoke manager Mark Hughes later likening the reaction to a witch-hunt, saying:
“Whenever these things happen and you go up against the top clubs, because of the presence social of media it becomes something of a witch hunt.
“Suddenly people are shouting from the rooftops that we need retrospective action.
“It’s a little bit unfair, our presence on social media isn’t as great as theirs and sometimes that can influence things.”
Hughes then attempted to explain what happened, putting it down to a blameless accident:
“Charlie gets the type of press that people feel he deserves – but we have a completely different view,
“On this occasion you hope that an unwarranted reputation doesn’t go before him and people can see the incident for what it was.
“In my view, the Arsenal lad stumbled and fell across Charlie’s line.”
Adam has history with Arsenal in this regard. In 2014 he was banned for three games for stamping on Olivier Giroud – a punishment that Arsenal fans have been demanding that the FA at least matches for this incident.
In a separate occurrence in last weekend’s game, Arsenal boss Arsène Wenger appeared to push fourth official Paul Tierney outside of his his technical area – which the FA have also confirmed that no further action will be taken on.