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Stoke manager to deal with Fuller

Ricardo Fuller
Ricardo Fuller now faces a three-match ban

Stoke manager Tony Pulis has said he will deal with Ricardo Fuller after the striker was sent off for striking Andy Griffin in the 2-1 defeat by West Ham.

Fuller appeared to slap the City captain after the Hammers had equalised at Upton Park on Sunday.

Pulis told BBC Radio Stoke: "Ric was disappointed we had conceded the goal but his reaction was poor and that will be dealt with in-house.

"We won't deal with it in the media but as a football club."

Abdoulaye Faye had given Stoke a fourth minute lead before Carlton Cole equalised shortly after half-time.

Following Fuller's dismissal, 10-man Stoke valiantly tried to hang on to a point but were denied by Diego Tristan's 88th minute winner.

"We've shot ourselves in the foot again," said Pulis.

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"The incident with Ricardo was the turning point and that has got nothing to do with West Ham."

Pulis also added that this is not the first time that Fuller's temperament has got the better of him.

"He has got a short fuse but it's happened so many times and in the end he has let the team down."

Pulis also confirmed that Fuller was not in the dressing room at full-time.

"He was not in the dressing room at the end of the game, he was already on the bus," said Pulis.

Fuller's team-mate Ryan Shawcross also took a dim view of the incident.

"You just can't do that in football and it's unacceptable. You can't do it really," said Shawcross.

"He'll be more disappointed with himself. He's a top lad and his frustration has just got the better of him. It's a bit disappointing.

"I'm not sure what it was about, maybe the disappointment of the goal. But you can't do that and it's disappointing to go on and lose the game when I thought we could have at least got a point."

Despite his anger at Fuller, Pulis also blamed referee Michael Jones for the defeat.

"I'm desperately disappointed with some of the decisions by the referee," said Pulis.

"Luis Boa Morte shouldn't have been on the pitch for the two challenges he made in the first 20 minutes and we're getting players booked for similar tackles.

"All we ask for is parity but for the second game in four days the referee has seen everything we've done but nothing the opposition has done and that's not fair," he added.

The defeat at Upton Park extended City's winless run to six games and leaves them 18th in the Premier League.

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see also
West Ham 2-1 Stoke
28 Dec 08 |  Premier League
Premier League as it happened
28 Dec 08 |  Premier League

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