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Stoke playmaker Adam avoids FA action after Paulinho clash

Stoke City midfielder Charlie Adam has avoided FA action after his clash with Tottenham's Paulinho.

Paulinho is likely to be out for at least four weeks and will miss four league matches and the FA Cup third-round tie at Arsenal on Saturday.

Referee Kevin Friend did not see the heavy second-half challenge, the fifth time that Scotland midfielder Adam had been involved in incidents with Spurs players after two involving Gareth Bale, and others affecting Scott Parker and Jan Vertonghen.

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

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