Potters fail to get Huth off the hook
STOKE defender Robert Huth will have to serve a three-game ban after losing the appeal to the English Football Association against the red card he received after a tackle on Irish international David Meyler during Saturday's clash with Sunderland.
Huth was sent off by referee Martin Atkinson after 45 minutes of the Premier League encounter at the Britannia Stadium for a sliding challenge on Black Cats midfielder Meyler.
It means Huth will miss two league games, at Fulham this weekend and the home clash with Swansea on February 26, plus the FA Cup fifth-round encounter at Crawley on February 19.
Potters manager Tony Pulis was incensed by the dismissal and hit out at the reaction of Meyler, whom he claimed "didn't help the situation with his reaction" after Sunderland's 1-0 win.
Pulis felt Stoke had every right to appeal because there was "no intent" in Huth's challenge and because the Germany international was "nowhere near the Sunderland player".
But an independent regulatory commission yesterday rejected the appeal. An FA statement read: "An independent regulatory commission has dismissed the claim of wrongful dismissal of Stoke City's Robert Huth. The defender will serve a three-match suspension with immediate effect." Huth will be eligible to play in Stoke's two-legged Europa League tie against Valencia on February 16 and 23.
Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill claimed the Huth challenge was "reckless", adding: "People have said the official should have taken account of the conditions but maybe the same applies with the players."