Mar 3, 2014, 8:21 PM EDT
The Stoke man was part of his team’s 1-0 defeat of the Gunners, and the foul was not seen during the game. Video has surfaced of the incident, however, which has the FA looking into the matter.
Stoke released a statement of surprise:
“Charlie and the club are surprised and disappointed to learn of this and will appeal vigorously against the decision.”
There’s a Zapruder-like film making its way around the Internet that would not seem to favor any claims of innocence. Perhaps worse: it may be the second most egregious stamp a Stoke player put on Giroud during the match, as Glenn Whelan put his foot squarely on a down Giroud’s leg.
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