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Stoke midfielder Charlie Adam as insisted he ‘doesn’t have anything against Tottenham’, after his heavy challenge saw Paulinho ruled out for four weeks.
Adam was regularly accused of targeting Spurs star Gareth Bale for heavy-handed treatment during his days as a Blackpool and Liverpool player and now it has been confirmed that his challenge on the Brazilian midfielder on Sunday has resulted in serious ankle ligament damage.
“Following a MRI scan, the club can confirm that Paulinho has sustained significant ligament damage to his right ankle after a heavy challenge from Charlie Adam during Sunday's win against Stoke City,” read a statement on the Tottenham website.
“The Brazil international was forced off as a result of the injury and is expected to be sidelined for at least four weeks.”
Scotland international Adam took to Twitter to defend himself against a stream of abuse flowing his way from Tottenham fans, as he insisted he has no gripe with the North London club.
Just for the record and to the people tweeting me abuse saying so, I don't and never have had anything against @SpursOfficial— Charlie Adam (@Charlie26Adam) December 30, 2013
... And I would never intend to injure a fellow professional— Charlie Adam (@Charlie26Adam) December 30, 2013
The Football Association have confirmed that Adam will face no retrospective action. Indeed, the FA referred the incident to their three-man disciplinary panel after suggestions that referee Kevin Friend had not benefited from a clear view of the incident, but the panel did not feel that the challenge merited a red card and so there will be no further action against Adam.