Wright-Phillips banned following Delap attack

Manchester City midfielder Shaun Wright-Phillips has been handed a three-match ban by the Football Association after being found guilty of violent conduct during his side's 1-0 defeat at Stoke City. The Potters 'long-throw specialist Rory Delap was sent off for kicking the ball at the England international having already fouled him, but Wright-Phillips then retaliated, kicking out at the former Southampton and Derby man. The former Chelsea winger's action was not spotted by, referee, Martin Atkinson at the time. However, having viewed video replays after the game he admitted he would also have dismissed Wright-Phillips had he seen his retaliation. He will now be suspended for City's league matches against Portsmouth, Liverpool and West Ham, but will be available for both legs of the UEFA Cup last 32 encounter with FC Copenhagen.

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