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Matthew Etherington disappointed with referee decisions

Premier League referee Mike Dean
Mike Dean has shown red cards to three Stoke players this season

Matthew Etherington has appealed for referees to use more common sense following Dean Whitehead's red card during Stoke's 2-1 defeat to Spurs.

The Potters midfielder was dismissed after receiving a second yellow card for a challenge on Luka Modric.

"It was definitely harsh," Etherington told BBC Radio Stoke. "We do seem to be getting the harsh end of everything.

"The referee could use a bit of common sense and give him another chance. It's two mistimed tackles and two bookings."

The 28-year-old winger continued: "Referees have got a hard job, especially at the Britannia Stadium, where the atmosphere's unbelievable.

"The fans do put the referees under a lot of pressure and like the manager [Tony Pulis] has said, I think it's a case of them wanting to stand up to it."

Dean has shown six red cards in the Premier League this season, three of them to Stoke players.

Abdoulaye Faye was sent off in the 2-1 defeat at Hull in November, while full-back Andy Wilkinson was dismissed in a 2-1 victory for the Potters at Portsmouth in February.

Pulis was also annoyed with Dean in September, when he added on a total of 13 additional minutes in a 2-1 home defeat to Chelsea, with the winning goal from Florent Malouda coming late in second-half stoppage time.

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see also
Stoke 1-2 Tottenham
20 Mar 10 |  Premier League
Pulis unhappy with referee Dean
20 Mar 10 |  Stoke
Portsmouth 1-2 Stoke
20 Feb 10 |  Premier League
Hull 2-1 Stoke
08 Nov 09 |  Premier League
Stoke 1-2 Chelsea
12 Sep 09 |  Premier League

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