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Vieira Accepts FA Charge

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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Writer: Lincolnsmariner Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday February 18 2010

Time: 6:14PM

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Based on what we've seen so far, this is something of a result for City as the midfield who know each other can settle again. Despite the odd glimpses of inspiration, Vieira has been woefully off the pace, most noteably failing to cut out the cross that led to Stoke's opener on Tuesday night. He can concentrate on getting fitter now.
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18/02/2010 18:30:00

He deserved the ban, simples. Now we can move on while Vieira concentrates on match fitness.
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18/02/2010 19:21:00

oh no, what a shame that is (yeah right)
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18/02/2010 20:06:00

The headline brings back good memories...
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18/02/2010 21:30:00

He had no choice but to admit it really had he? Hopefully we can now get back to playing football without a 3rd holding midfielder.
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19/02/2010 19:22:00

Silly boy. He's done the right thing by copping it on the chin and hopefully he can come back from the suspension and contribute something positive.
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21/02/2010 00:34:00


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