Owen escapes FA sanction after clash with Arteta
13:40 04 February 2013
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Stoke striker Michael Owen learnt today that he will not face a Football Association charge for his angry reaction to a Mikel Arteta tackle in the 1-0 defeat at Arsenal on Saturday.
The 33-year-old former England striker, an 84th-minute substitute for Geoff Cameron, appeared to lash out at Arteta, catching him on the back with a mild punch.
But referee Chris Foy saw the incident and took no action which prevents the FA taking any retrospective action.
Stoke were trailing to Lukas Podolski’s deflected free-kick when the incident happened.
After the match Stoke manager Tony Pulis said: “Arteta’s challenge was poor, but Michael should not do that.”
Arteta revealed that the players had apologised to each other after the match.