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Stoke investigate 'bust-up' between Pulis and Beattie

James Beattie and Tony Pulis
Beattie (left) signed for Pulis' Stoke from Sheffield United in January

Stoke City will hold an internal investigation amid reports of a bust-up between James Beattie and Tony Pulis.

BBC Radio Stoke understands manager Pulis and striker Beattie had to be separated in the dressing room after the 2-0 defeat by Arsenal on Saturday.

Beattie did not train with the squad on Monday, although he did arrive at the training ground at around noon and left about 30 minutes later.

The club had no further comment to make on the alleged bust-up.

Reports have suggested Pulis called the players in for training on Monday morning, having previously agreed to give them the day off so they could attend a Christmas party.

A disagreement between Pulis and Beattie followed, although the details and the nature of the disagreement remain unclear.

If it's happened, James and Tony will sit down, discuss it, sort it out, and that will be the end of it

Former Stoke defender Denis Smith

Beattie came on as a 62nd-minute substitute for Mama Sidibe against Arsenal, having failed to start a Premier League match since the 1-0 victory over Portsmouth on 22 November.

Former Potters midfielder Dave Brammer, who was working as a summariser on the game at Arsenal for BBC Radio Stoke, said: "You get dressing room spats all the time.

"With Stoke being in the Premier League, it's more high profile. You'll get four or five of these bust-ups during the course of a season."

Denis Smith, who played more than 400 games for the Potters, added: "If it's happened, James and Tony will sit down, discuss it, sort it out, and that will be the end of it.

"But there will only be one winner, and that's Tony."

Pulis signed 31-year-old Beattie from Sheffield United for £3.5m in January, and his seven goals helped Stoke to their final position of 12th in the Premier League.

The former Southampton and Everton forward has netted just twice in 15 appearances for the Potters this season.



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