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Hughes unhappy with Sandro tweet

ESPN staff
January 3, 2014
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Stoke manager Mark Hughes has suggested that Tottenham midfielder Sandro should be investigated by the FA for his intervention in the ongoing row between Spurs and Potters midfielder Charlie Adam.

Hughes questioned Sandro's decision to use Twitter to make comments he feels could inflame the situation and may be worthy of a disrepute charge from the FA.

Adam's tackle on Paulinho during the weekend's 3-0 defeat at White Hart Lane left the Brazilian with ankle ligament damage, ruling him out of action for a month and prompting an official complaint from Spurs.

It also led to further accusations that the Stoke midfielder has some kind of vendetta against the North London club, whose former winger Gareth Bale was twice injured in challenges by Adam.

Spurs' complaint was rejected, but Sandro took to his official Twitter account to address the Stoke player on New Year's Eve.

Adam used his own Twitter account to say he had nothing against any Spurs players, but Hughes has now invited the FA to take a look at Sandro's actions in order to prevent ill-feeling from spiralling.

"We don't appreciate some of their players twittering on their own sites about 'Waiting for Charlie'," Hughes said. "I think that has the potential for a disrepute charge in itself, so we'll see if that's responded to.

"I was disappointed it went to a disciplinary panel as the referee [Kevin Friend] was two yards away from it. Apparently he said he didn't see it. I was disappointed as the referee should have seen it was a genuine attempt to win the ball."

Hughes insisted Adam had no issue with Tottenham given his previous controversies with the club, one of which occurred when Adam was playing for Blackpool.

"Absolutely not. Why would he? It doesn't make sense, but there's a lot of good players who couldn't tackle," Hughes added.

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