Mark Hughes has blasted the FA over their decision to charge Shaun Wright-Phillips with violent conduct.
City could appeal FA decision
Manchester City boss Mark Hughes has blasted the Football Association over their decision to charge Shaun Wright-Phillips with violent conduct.
Wright-Phillips was charged on Wednesday after kicking out at Stoke's Rory Delap during last weekend's defeat at the Britannia Stadium.
Delap was shown a straight red card after bringing down the England midfielder and then kicking the ball at Wright-Phillips while he lay on the floor.
Wright-Phillips then appeared to kick out at Delap in return but it was missed by referee Martin Atkinson.
After reviewing the incident Atkinson claims he would sent off Wright-Phillips if he had seen the City star's retaliation.
City have until 6pm on Thursday to decide whether to appeal against the action, which will result in a three-match ban if Wright-Phillips is found guilty.
Hughes is unhappy with the severity of the charge and he feels a three-match suspension would be unjust for the winger.
"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.
"The process could have been done a lot more quickly, which is something we will be highlighting because I have to prepare a team for Saturday.
"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."