Huth admits violent act against Upson

STOKE defender Robert Huth is facing a three-game ban after admitting a charge of violent conduct following his clash with Matthew Upson, writes KIRK BLOWS. West Ham skipper Upson was caught in the face by Huth s swinging fist as the pair fought for posit

STOKE defender Robert Huth is facing a three-game ban after admitting a charge of violent conduct following his clash with Matthew Upson, writes KIRK BLOWS.

West Ham skipper Upson was caught in the face by Huth's swinging fist as the pair fought for position at a late free kick during last weekend's game.

The impact re-opened a wound above Upson's right eye that he had suffered in an earlier incident.

Hammers boss Gianfranco Zola insisted that Huth should have been red-carded for the clash which was missed by referee Martin Atkinson.


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Zola said: "Matthew needed stitches and, looking at the incident after the match, the player should have been sent off."

Several television pundits condemned Huth for his actions and the FA confirmed on Monday that the German had been charged with violent conduct.

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Huth had until 6pm on Tuesday to respond to the charge and pleaded guilty, meaning a three-game ban can be considered a formality.

A Stoke statement read: "Stoke and Robert Huth accept the FA charge of violent conduct and would like to apologise for the incident.

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