Thursday 21 November 2019

No FA sanction for Owen

Michael Owen, pictured, and Mikel Arteta clashed during Stoke's defeat to Arsenal on Saturday
Michael Owen, pictured, and Mikel Arteta clashed during Stoke's defeat to Arsenal on Saturday

Stoke striker Michael Owen will not face a Football Association charge for his angry reaction to a Mikel Arteta tackle in the 1-0 defeat at Arsenal on Saturday.

The 33-year-old former England striker, an 84th-minute substitute for Geoff Cameron, appeared to lash out at Arteta, catching him on the back with a mild punch.

But referee Chris Foy saw the incident and took no action which prevents the FA taking any retrospective action.

Stoke were trailing to Lukas Podolski's deflected free-kick when the incident happened.

After the match Stoke manager Tony Pulis said: "Arteta's challenge was poor, but Michael should not do that."

Arteta revealed that the players had apologised to each other after the match.

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