The Stoke City chairman, Peter Coates, has branded the Football Association's decision to charge Charlie Adam with violent conduct as "appalling". Adam is alleged to have stood on Arsenal's Olivier Giroud in the second half of City's 1-0 home win on Saturday in an incident missed by referee Mike Jones. Adam faces a three-match ban if found guilty and, despite the possibility of that punishment being increased, Coates has declared the club's intention to appeal "vigorously".