Vieira facing three-match ban following clash with Whelan
Patrick Vieira faces trial by video -- and a possible three-match ban -- after the English FA last night charged him with violent conduct for kicking Stoke City's Glenn Whelan early in Manchester City's 1-1 draw at the Britannia Stadium on Tuesday.
Vieira (33) was five minutes into only his second start for City since signing from Inter when he was brought down by Whelan. He aimed a kick at the midfielder, appearing to catch him in the groin, a reaction that could have left City to play for 85 minutes with 10 men. However, despite being spoken to by referee Alan Wiley, he escaped even a yellow card.
Tony Pulis, the Stoke manager, did not name Vieira, but was clearly alluding to the incident with Whelan when he suggested that the referee should ask the FA to study the evidence. One of his players, Robert Huth, was banned for three games after being caught on video punching West Ham's Matthew Upson in October.
Rio Ferdinand was also banned after being spotted retrospectively using an elbow to fell Hull's Craig Fagan. Vieira is no stranger to the FA's disciplinary regime, having been sent off 10 times and cautioned 100 times during his nine years with Arsenal.
The France international must respond to the charge before the close of business at the FA today and faces a hearing in front of a regulatory commission tomorrow.