SWP gets three games for kicking Delap but Bosingwa's boot goes unpunished

09 February 2009 05:01
Manchester City

winger Shaun Wright-Phillips has been suspended for three league games after being found guilty of violent conduct by the Football Association, the club have announced.  

The 27-year-old was charged after an incident that saw Stoke's

Rory Delap sent off during City's 1-0 defeat at the Britannia Stadium on January 31.  

Just 24 hours later, Chelsea's Jose Bosingwa took a wild lunge at Liverpool's Yossi Benayoun, stamping on the Israeli's back, but no action was taken against the Portusuese.

Kicking kings: Delap was angry with an earlier Wright-Phillips tackle when he fouled the winger and followed up with a wild swing of the boot (left) before England international Wright-Phillips lashed out with his foot (right)

Referee Martin Atkinson did not see all of the altercation but, after watching video footage, informed the FA he would have shown Wright-Phillips a red card for violent conduct had he spotted the incident. 

Wright-Phillips will therefore miss City's next three Barclays Premier League matches - all away from home - at Portsmouth on Saturday, against Liverpool on February 22 and at West Ham on March 1.  

He will, however, be available for the two-legged UEFA Cup last-32 encounter with FC Copenhagen later this month.

And the one that got away. The Football Association took no action against Jose Bosingwa over his kick at Liverpool's Yossi Benayoun. Referee Mike Riley admitted that, while he had not seen Bosingwa's lunge, it had been spotted by assistant Mo Matadar

The officials did not punish Bosingwa and, under FIFA law, the FA cannot take disciplinary action when incidents are seen at the time by the match officials

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Source: Daily_Mail

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