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James Beattie row with Stoke is over, says PFA chief

Stoke striker James Beattie
Beattie has 18 months left on his contract with Stoke

Stoke City striker James Beattie and manager Tony Pulis have settled their differences after their bust-up, says players' chief Gordon Taylor.

It is alleged the pair had to be separated in the dressing room after Saturday's defeat by Arsenal.

Professional Footballers' Association boss Taylor said: "We offered to help but the club said we were not needed."

He added that Stoke had told him the incident was "water under the bridge and everything has been sorted out".

Taylor continued: "These things have always happened in football when passions are inflamed but now the game is a goldfish bowl."

The future of Beattie, however, remains unclear as BBC Sport learned on Tuesday that the 31-year-old was considering a move away from the Premier League club.


Beattie has 18 months left on his current contract, having arrived at the Britannia Stadium in January, 2009.

On Monday Stoke said they would hold an investigation into the incident, which occurred after Pulis told his players he expected them to train on Monday despite having previously agreed to give them the day off to attend a Christmas party.

Subsequent reports suggested Beattie had apologised to Pulis but it emerged on Tuesday that this was not the case.

He did not train with the rest of the Stoke squad on Monday, although he did spend around 30 minutes at the club's training ground before departing.

Beattie became a big favourite at the club when his seven goals during last season's run-in played a significant part in keeping Stoke in the Premier League.

And while he has only scored twice this season, in October's 2-1 win over West Ham, Beattie has still been a key member of a squad that currently sits in 11th, seven points off the relegation zone.

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see also
Beattie eyes Stoke exit after row
08 Dec 09 |  Stoke
Stoke investigate alleged bust-up
07 Dec 09 |  Stoke
Pulis gracious after Stoke defeat
06 Dec 09 |  Stoke
Arsenal 2-0 Stoke City
05 Dec 09 |  Premier League
Striker Beattie signs for Potters
12 Jan 09 |  Stoke

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