Stoke defender Andy Wilkinson will serve a three-match suspension
Last Updated: September 20, 2012 5:23pm
Andy Wilkinson: Stoke defender will serve a three-match ban following a clash with Manchester City's Mario Balotelli
Andy Wilkinson will serve a three-match ban after Stoke City decided to accept his Football Association charge of violent conduct.
Wilkinson caught Mario Balotelli in the face with his elbow during Saturday's 1-1 draw with Manchester City at the Britannia Stadium.
The incident was missed by referee Mark Clattenburg, but an FA disciplinary panel decided the 28-year-old had a case to answer.
After reviewing the video evidence, Potters boss Tony Pulis has decided not to appeal and Wilkinson will now sit out the club's next three games.
Stoke travel to Chelsea in the Premier League on Saturday before entertaining Swansea City at the end of the month and then starting October with a trip to Liverpool.