Stoke defender Wilkinson lands three-match ban over Balotelli elbow incident
13:04 GMT, 20 September 2012
Andy Wilkinson will serve a three-match ban after Stoke decided not to contest an FA charge of violent conduct over an incident involving Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli.
Wilkinson was caught on camera raising his right arm into the face of Balotelli during Saturday's 1-1 draw at the Britannia Stadium.
Ban: Stoke defender Andy Wilkinson (below) will serve a three-match suspension after appearing to catch Mario Balotelli with his elbow
Referee Mark Clattenburg and his officials did not see the incident, meaning the FA were clear to take action against Wilkinson.
The Stoke defender has until 6pm on Thursday to respond, but the Potters have decided to accept the charge and subsequent ban.