Andy Wilkinson awaits FA charge over elbowing Mario Balotelli

Stoke star Wilkinson granted extra time to respond to Balotelli elbow incident

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16:42 GMT, 19 September 2012

Stoke defender Andy Wilkinson has been granted an extra 24 hours to respond to his Football Association violent conduct charge.

Wilkinson was charged following an altercation with Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli during Saturday's 1-1 draw at the Britannia Stadium, and was initially given until 6pm on Wednesday night to respond.

Tussle: Mario Balotelli and Andy Wilkinson scrap for the ball

Tussle: Mario Balotelli and Andy Wilkinson scrap for the ball

However, the FA have confirmed that the full-back will now have until the same time tomorrow to answer the charge.

Balotelli went down after an apparent
off-the-ball clash with Wilkinson, the pair having shadowed each other
most of the afternoon.

Referee Mark Clattenburg spoke to the
players but took no action and replays did not suggest anything serious
had occurred, but Wilkinson was charged after video footage of the
incident was reviewed.