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La Federación Inglesa de Fútbol (FA) confirmó la sanción de tres partidos impuesta al centrocampista del Manchester City Patrick Vieira por su "conducta violenta" contra el jugador del Stoke City Glenn Whelan, en el partido de la 'Premier League' entre ambos equipos disputado el pasado martes.
El mediocentro francés, que reconoció posteriormente su error y se declaró culpable por su conducta antideportiva después de haberle dado una patada a Whelan, no recurrirá la sanción para evitar que pudiera ser ampliada.
De esta manera, Vieira se perderá los tres próximos partidos del City, dos de ellos en la 'Premier', ante Liverpool y Chelsea, y uno de la FA Cup, frente al propio Stoke City.
Vieira, who was no stranger to disciplinary action during his time in England with Arsenal when he was sent off eight times in nine seasons, said in an interview in the French sports paper L'Equipe on Friday that his move to Manchester City could damage his image in England.
"After you've spent so much time playing for such a club as Arsenal, winning titles and playing some of the best football that was played at that time, it is always a bit risky (to come back to the same league in another club), " Vieira said.
"I am not the same player as the one who used to play for Arsenal... I am a different player because I won't be as attack-minded as in my years at Arsenal, " added Vieira in the interview, which took place before he was charged by the FA.
"Instead of running box to box ten times a game, maybe I'll do it five times a game. But I'll have to chose the right moments to do it thanks to my experience. I'll play more with my head." Vieira returned to the Premier League on loan from Inter Milan last month. Before he moved to Italy in 2005, he spent nine years at Arsenal, winning three Premier League titles and four FA Cups.
Vieira was making only his fourth appearance for City against Stoke.
"I still lack pace...There is room for improvement and I think I'm only playing at 60 or 70 percent of my best, " Vieira said.