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FA reject complaint despite Adam’s ‘fifth injury on Spurs player’

Stoke City's Charlie Adam (PA Sport)Stoke City's Charlie Adam (PA Sport)

The FA will not take any action against Stoke City midfielder Charlie Adam despite Tottenham Hotspur's anger over his challenge which injured their Brazilian midfielder Paulinho in Sunday's Premier League game at White Hart Lane.

Spurs wrote to the FA and asked them to take action against  Adam, whose heavy challenge on Paulinho is likely to sideline the Brazil midfielder for at least a month.

The incident in Sunday's Premier League match was the fifth time that Scotland midfielder Adam had injured a Spurs player after two incidents involving Gareth Bale, and others involving Scott Parker and Jan Vertonghen.

He has also been sent off twice against Spurs, playing for both Liverpool and Stoke.

"We are not happy and we have contacted the FA," a Tottenham spokesman told Reuters.

An FA spokesman confirmed the case had been examined by the FA's three-man review panel but that no further action would be taken.

"Action can only be taken in unseen cases if the panel, all former referees, agree unanimously it is a red card incident and as this was not the case, no further action will be taken," he said.

Adam was booed by Spurs fans when he came on as a 50th-minute substitute for Stephen Ireland and has his crimes against Tottenham have been highlighted by their fans on Twitter.

Twelve minutes later the Brazil international midfielder, who was playing a vital part in Spurs 3-0 victory, hobbled off after a crunching tackle from Adam near the halfway line. The incident went unpunished by the referee.

Spurs confirmed on website that Paulinho had an MRI scan on Monday and is likely to be out for at least four weeks with "significant ligament damage" to his right ankle.

Bale, who left Spurs for Real Madrid in the last transfer window, was hurt twice by Adam, the first time seriously when he suffered snapped ankle ligaments when Adam was playing for Blackpool.

The second incident occurred when Adam was playing for Liverpool in a pre-season friendly in the United States in 2012.

Bale called Adam a "coward" after that injury and said at the time: "What he did was over the top. Some people are like that and it's just wrong."

Adam tweeted on Tuesday: "Just for the record and to the people tweeting me abuse saying so, I don't and never have had anything against @SpursOfficial. And I would never intend to injure a fellow professional."