Sparky seethes at Wright-Phillips rap

Manchester City manager Mark Hughes has hit out at the FA after midfielder Shaun Wright-Phillips was charged with violent conduct following the 1-0 defeat at Stoke City. The former Chelsea winger faces a three-match-ban after being reprimanded for kicking out at Rory Delap during the clash at the Britannia Stadium. Delap was dismissed after upending Wright-Phillips and and then kicking the ball at him while he lay on the floor. However, the England winger then appeared to retaliate at Delap, an incident not spotted by referee Martin Atkinson. But after reviewing replays of the the incident Atkinson claims he would have brandished a red card for Wright-Phillips had he seen it. "We are disappointed," said Hughes. "There are a few letters and faxes going to be exchanged between ourselves and the FA today because the way it stands, if we decide to appeal, we are not going to get a verdict until late on Friday. "By the letter of the law, Shaun retaliated. But he had twice been kicked from behind. I don't think what Shaun did in response was violent conduct. It was a human reaction and I feel a three-game ban would be unfair."

City have until 6pm on Thursday evening to decide whether to lodge an appeal.

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