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FA charge for Wright-Phillips

04 Feb 2009 - 19:00:28

The Football Association has charged Manchester City winger Shaun Wright-Phillips with violent conduct.

The 27-year-old clashed with Stoke City's Rory Delap in Saturday's game between the two sides at the Britannia Stadium in an incident that led to the Potters star being sent off.

While he lay on the ground, Wright-Phillips aimed a kick at Delap, an incident which was missed at the time by referee Martin Atkinson.

The player has until 6pm on Thursday to respond to the charge.

Despite playing against ten men for more than half the match, Manchester City still lost the game 1-0, with boss Mark Hughes saying after the game: "There's a reluctance to knock balls into the box, because we don't have that physical presence and defenders are likely to clear balls from those areas.

"We just didn't create enough chances to break them down. We had a lot of attack-minded players on the pitch at the end, we looked for every option, but this time it did not work.

"It is hard to make space on a very tight pitch, one on which Stoke are running hard and closing everyone down.

"The one time we did break through, Micah Richards was taken out in the box for what was a clear penalty. It was blatant, but not given."

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