Three-game ban for Wright-Phillips

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Manchester City winger Shaun Wright-Phillips has been suspended for three league games after being found guilty of violent conduct by the Football Association, the club have announced.

The 27-year-old was charged after an incident that saw Stoke's Rory Delap sent off during City's 1-0 defeat at the Britannia Stadium on 31 January.

Referee Martin Atkinson did not see all of the altercation but, after watching video footage, informed the FA he would have shown Wright-Phillips a red card for violent conduct had he spotted the incident.

Wright-Phillips will therefore miss City's next three Barclays Premier League matches - all away from home - at Portsmouth on Saturday, against Liverpool on 22 February and at West Ham on 1 March.

He will, however, be available for the two-legged Uefa Cup last-32 encounter with FC Copenhagen later this month.