Stoke City: Glenn Whelan in the clear over controversial challenge
GLENN Whelan is free to play in tomorrow's nights Premier League clash against Wigan after the FA ruled out taking any action over his controversial challenge on Saturday.
TV pictures showed Whelan catching Manchester City midfielder Javier Garcia with his studs in what many regarded a straightforward stamping incident.
Referee Howard Webb let the incident go at the time and, it would now appear, is standing by his original decision not to punish Whelan.
Had Webb admitted he missed the incident, then the FA would have been at liberty to charge Whelan retrospectively with serious foul play and most probably handed him a three-match ban.
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Whelan himself protested his innocence after Saturday's tie when he said: "I've gone in for the challenge and I don't think I tried to be dirty, but if it looks that way on TV then I'll have to hold my hands up. I don't think I caught him as much as he was rolling about.
"It's the English game, the old-fashioned game, and that's what the Premier League is so good for.
"There is massive pressure on the referees from the media and the people they're accountable to. Hopefully it (tackling) can stay in the game and people just get on with it."