Why wasn't Michael Owen charged?

Stoke's Michael Owen has got away with his 'punch' thrown against Arsenal.

It’s a little confusing as to why exactly Michael Owen hasn’t been banned by the FA.

Michael Owen threw the world’s worst punch in the Premier League match against Arsenal last weekend as his temper flared up during a confrontation with Mikel Arteta.

Both players were on the ground but Owen threw a clear punch at the Spaniard which caused Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere to react furiously and stick up for his Arsenal teammate.

What exactly are the FA playing at? It was a clear sign of intent and violence yet he goes uncharged when it should have been a straight red card.

It makes instances in the past seem laughable such as the time Jeremy Aliadiere was given a straight red card an a further one match ban by the FA when he appealed for reacting to Javier Maschernao grabbing him by the throat.

Granted Owen didn’t actually cause any physical harm or appear to pose any danger to Arteta but it was a clear sign of intent.

The point is that intent is the same. It's the same intent that former Manchester United captain Roy Keane showed when he tried to take Alan Shearer's head off of his shoulders so why should it be treated any differently?

It’s made even more remarkable by the fact that it was reportedly seen by match officials and put into their post match notes. So is it now okay for players to throw punches and get away with it?

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