Man City rule out challenge to Vieira's three-game ban
Friday 19 February 2010
Manchester City's Patrick Vieira, who has started only two games for Roberto Mancini, will miss the club's three huge upcoming matches, having decided not to contest a violent conduct charge.
Vieira, 33, and City have concluded on the basis of video evidence of the kick he aimed at Stoke City's Glenn Whelan in Tuesday night's 1-1 draw that to lodge a challenge would pose a serious risk of the ban being extended to a fourth fixture by the FA.
Robinho has indicated that he would like to stay at Santos when his loan deal from Manchester City expires this summer. Robinho said: "If it was up to me I'd stay here for the rest of my career but I have a contract with Manchester City and I shouldn't forget that the club have behaved really well towards me."
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