Stoke City defender Andy Wilkinson has been charged by the Football Association for violent conduct.

The Potters hard-man is alleged to have elbowed Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli during the 1-1 draw at the Britannia Stadium on Saturday.

The FA charge comes after the incident, which was missed by match officials, was reviewed via TV footage with Wilkinson facing a three-game ban if found guilty.

"Stoke City's Andy Wilkinson has been charged by The FA with violent conduct following an incident in his side's game against Manchester City on Saturday 15 September 2012," read a FA statement.

"Wilkinson was involved in an incident with City's Mario Balotelli, which was not seen by the match officials but caught on video.

"Wilkinson has until 6pm on Wednesday 19 September 2012 to respond to the charge."

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