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Stoke to make official complaint over referee

Chairman Peter Coates has described Martin Atkinson's performance as a 'disgrace' Credit: Nick Potts/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Stoke chairman Peter Coates has said he will make an official complaint about the performance of referee Martin Atkinson in their 5-1 defeat to Newcastle on Boxing Day.

In the space of five minutes, Atksinon sent off Glenn Whelan and Marc Wilson, along with Stoke boss Mark Hughes.

"The performance of the referee and his officials was a disgrace, and we will certainly be complaining to the relevant authorities," he said in the Daily Telegraph.

"We cannot accept what happened to us at Newcastle without making some form of representation.

"It's then up to the officials what they do, but we found it hugely disappointing because there were so many poor decisions."

Stoke manager has doubt over Etherington

Stoke City Manager Mark Hughes Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Stoke manager Mark Hughes has a doubt over Matthew Etherington ahead of Sunday's Premier League clash with Norwich at the Britannia Stadium.

Etherington suffered whiplash in a traffic incident on Friday morning but Hughes is hopeful the midfielder will recover to line up against the Canaries.

Read the latest news on the match on the ITV Sport website.

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Former Stoke City players return for celebrations

The former players returned for the 150th anniversary of the club Credit: ITV News Central

Stoke City's match today against Tottenham takes place amid the celebrations for the club's 150th anniversary. Former players who have returned to the club to celebrate include World Cup winners Geoff Hurst and Gordon Banks as well as Terry Conroy and Mark Stein.

Plans for Stoke City FC 150th anniversary celebrations

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Full details of the schedule of events for Sunday's 150th anniversary game have been announced - http://t.co/nqqhDe5gu9 #scfc

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Fans to be given commemorative tshirts at Sunday's televised 150th anniversary game against Tottenham Hotspur - http://t.co/hCIe0dRsjk #scfc

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150 years of Stoke City Football Club: preparations begin

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TP: The big thing on Sunday is to concentrate on the game. The fans can enjoy all of the celebrations, but the playing staff are focussed...

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TP: It's a huge day for the Club, celebrating our 150th year anniversary, and we want to get the right result on the pitch. #SCFC

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