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Mark Hughes: Stoke can't compete with Arsenal Twitter following

By Matt Farr

Stoke manager Mark Hughes has hit back at Arsenal fans for their criticism of Charlie Adam and claimed his club can’t compete with the massive Gunners Twitter following.

The former Man City boss believed that Arsenal fans were trying to get the Scotland international banned, after footage emerged of an alleged stamp on Alexis Sanchez.

The FA opted against any form of punishment for the Stoke player, and Hughes has deemed the seemingly controversial challenge as “accidental”.

However, Arsenal’s fans remain unimpressed, reiterating that Adam intentionally made contact with their star striker.

Hughes told the Daily Star: “Whenever these things happen and you go up against the top clubs, because of the presence of social media it becomes something of a witch hunt.

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“Suddenly people are shouting from the rooftops that we need retrospective action. It’s a little bit unfair, our presence on social media isn’t as great as theirs and sometimes that can influence things.”

Hughes added that his opposite number, Arsene Wenger, was also wrong to lay a hand on fourth official Paul Tierney. The Frenchman was did not see eye-to-eye with some of the refereeing decisions on Saturday, and made his feelings known by pushing the referee’s assistant.

This is not the first-time that Adam has been caught up an incident like this involving an Arsenal player.

Back in 2014, Olivier Giroud was a the recipient of a stamp from the midfielder; only that time he received a three-game suspension as punishment.

The incident had little bearing on the outcome of Saturday’s game between Arsenal and Stoke, with the Gunners running out comfortable 3-1 winners.

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