Huth banned for 3 matches for punching Upson

Stoke defender Robert Huth was banned for three matches on Thursday for punching West Ham defender Matthew Upson in a Premier League match.

The former Germany international admitted to the Football Association’s charge of violent conduct.

The 25-year-old Huth escaped punishment during the match and will be on the sidelines starting with Saturday’s match at third-place Tottenham.

Huth swung his right arm at Upson while the pair jostled for position in the area in Saturday’s 2-1 home win over the Hammers.

“Huth’s actions were totally out of character for a fully committed defender who has only received one red card – for two cautions – in nearly eight years of playing in the Premier League,” Stoke said on its Web site.