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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."

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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:

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Wow! Where do I start? Huge thanks to the Stoke fans. They sang my name non stop and gave me a send off I will never forget. #specialfans

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Congratulations to Carra, Scholesy and all those players retiring today. Legends of the game.

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Another huge thank you to everybody on here. Never seen so many nice messages. Very kind.

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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Big men acting like kids a pigs head is not a prank its just disgusting!!!!! Wtf??? I don't get how was that sup 2 be funny!!!! Really???

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Listen 4 all those who don't get it lay the f! back! Where I come from that's not anywhere close 2 funny! Esp not knowing religious beliefs

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It just takes a minute to be sensitive to someone's beliefs no one says u can't have a sense of humour but let it be a joke! This wasn't!

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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
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
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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