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Potters make their mark in January window

Stoke City have made their mark in the January transfer window today, by completing deals for Stephen Ireland and Manchester City's John Guidetti.

Ireland's loan move from Midland rivals Aston Villa has been made permanent, whilst Swedish international Guidetti has signed on loan from Manuel Pellegrini's title-challengers.

Stephen Ireland celebrates scoring for Stoke against Chelsea earlier this season... Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The 21 year-old striker will remain at the Britannia Stadium for the rest of the season and manager Mark Hughes is delighted to have won the race for his services:

“We wanted to try and add different options to our attacking threat and John will certainly do that. He is someone who, if you get him in the right areas, will make the most of opportunities that come his way because he is a natural goal-scorer."

John Guidetti has signed from Manchester city on lon until the end of the current season... Credit: John Walton/EMPICS Sport

Chief Executive Tony Scholes added:

“We have had the deal to bring John in on loan on the stocks for a few days, now but had to convert Stephen Ireland’s loan deal into a permanent deal to free-up another loan. We are delighted to have brought John to the Club and are grateful to Stephen and Villa for their co-operation.”

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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 boss Hughes charged with 'improper conduct'

Stoke City boss Mark Hughes has been charged with improper conduct by the Football Association after complaints about his behaviour at Newcastle yesterday.

Hughes was barred from the touchline and sent to the stands during Stoke's 5-1 defeat at St James' Park.

Mark Hughes
Mark Hughes Credit: Lynne Cameron/EMPICS

A statement from the FA said Hughes has until January 2 to respond to the charge.

Stoke City manager Mark Hughes has been charged by The FA following his side's game at Newcastle United yesterday.

It is alleged that his behaviour in or around the 40th minute of the fixture amounted to improper conduct.

Pictures showing hail halting play at Britannia Stadium

The match was suspended for 10 minutes during the first half because of bad weather Credit: PA

These pictures show the severe weather which led to Stoke City's League Cup tie against Manchester United being delayed for 10 minutes.

The referee called players off the pitch because of the hail Credit: PA
Stoke's Stephen Ireland and Oussama Assaidi (right) as players leave the pitch due to the hail Credit: PA

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Hail halts Stoke City's League Cup clash vs Man United

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Referee Mark Clattenburg has actually called a halt to proceedings are in the dug-outs sheltering from the driving rain

Play has been stopped at the Britannia Stadium in Stoke's League Cup clash against Manchester United because of the bad weather.

The referee has called all players off the pitch as hailstones started to fall around quarter of an hour into the game. It is unclear whether the match will go on.

Stoke City and Queen's Royal Lancers to get freedom of city

The Queen's Royal Lancers will be receiving the freedom of the city today Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Archive

At half-time today during Stoke's match against Cardiff the city council will be presenting Stoke City and the Queen's Royal Lancers with the freedom of the city of Stoke-on-Trent.

The Freedom of the City is generally given to valued members of the community of dignitaries. It comes from an old medieval practice where some citizens were granted freedom from being a serf.

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