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Stoke consider official complaint to BBC over Hartson

Charlie Adam's tucks away Stoke's controversial penalty. Credit: Reuters

Stoke City are pondering whether or not to make an official complaint to the BBC over comments made by John Hartson on Sunday night's Match of the Day 2.

The Welsh pundit questioned Stoke forward Victor Moses' professionalism and accused him of taking a "total dive" to win a penalty which helped defeat Swansea at the Britannia Stadium.

Swansea's manager Garry Monk also launched a stinging attack on Moses in his post-match interview, accusing the Nigerian of cheating and describing referee Michael Oliver's decision to award a penalty as "disgusting" and "disgraceful."

The FA are expected to charge Monk for his comments later today, and according to the Telegraph, Stoke's chairman Peter Coates has called a meeting with chief executive Tony Scholes to discuss the club's next step after finding Hartson's comments too unbalanced and accusatory for his liking.


Tony Pulis leaves Stoke City after seven years in charge

Stoke City manager Tony Pulis. Credit: PA

Tony Pulis has left Stoke City after seven years in charge at the Britannia Stadium, the club has confirmed.

A short statement on the club's website said: "Stoke City and Tony Pulis confirm that they have mutually agreed that Tony will leave the Club with immediate effect."

Michael Owen gives fans 'huge thanks' as he retires

Stoke City and former England player Michael Owen has given his fans a "huge thank you" after he played his last game before retiring:

Stoke City drew 1-1 with Southampton on the last day of the football season.


Jones' girlfriend: Pig stunt 'not even close to funny'

The girlfriend of Stoke City striker Kenwyne Jones has criticised the prank by his team-mates that involved placing a pig's head in his locker.

She tweeted that it was "not even close to funny" as Jones is a Rastafarian, so does not eat pork:

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Stoke City issue statement regarding pig's head prank

Stoke City have issued a statement in response to reports of an incident at their Clayton Wood Training Ground on Friday, in which it is believed a pig's head was left in the locker of striker Kenwyne Jones.

The Club takes seriously reports of an incident at our Training Ground this afternoon.

A full internal investigation will be carried out and those responsible for any unacceptable behaviour will be dealt with in accordance with the Club’s disciplinary procedures.

– Stoke City official statement

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Investigation launched over pig's head found in player's locker at Stoke

Stoke are investigating what looks like a dressing-room prank on Kenwyne Jones Credit: brekshea20 / Instagram

An internal investigation has been launched after a pig's head was allegedly found in Kenwyne Jones's locker in the Stoke City dressing room.

This picture was posted to American player Brek Shea's Instagram account.

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Michael Owen's car egged ahead of football swansong

Owen was left with egg on his car after this morning's prank Credit: Twitter / @themichaelowen

Footballer Michael Owen's car has been pelted with eggs and flour ahead of the final home match of his playing career.

The former England striker named several of his Stoke City team-mates as suspects and said he planned to take "revenge" for the prank.

Owen said he "might be delayed getting to the match" after the egg attack Credit: Twitter / @themichaelowen

"Chief suspects: (Dean) Whitehead and (Glenn) Whelan. (John) Walters is a possible. Others who can't be ruled out: (Peter) Crouch, (Matthew) Etherington," Owen wrote on Twitter.

"It's a long week lads. Revenge is in the air!" he added.

Owen is due to retire at the end of the season, and Stoke's clash with Tottenham today will be the penultimate game of his illustrious career.

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