Stoke’s Wilkinson banned for three matches

September 21st, 2012 - 1:19 pm ICT by IANS  

London, Sep 21 (IANS) Stoke defender Andy Wilkinson has been suspended for three matches for his clash with Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli in the Premier League match.

Wilkinson caught Balotelli in the face with his elbow during Saturday’s 1-1 draw at the Britannia Stadium in an incident that was missed by referee Mark Clattenburg, reports Xinhua.

After reviewing the video evidence, an independent Football Association disciplinary panel decided the 28-year-old had a case to answer.

Stoke boss Tony Pulis confirmed the club would not appeal against the punishment, meaning Wilkinson will miss his side’s next three Premier League matches against Chelsea, Swansea and Liverpool.

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