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Stoke chairman fined after implying bias by referees

Stoke chairman Peter Coates has been fined £5,000. Credit: PA

Stoke chairman Peter Coates has been warned about his future conduct, fined £5,000 and ordered to pay £1,500 costs by an independent regulatory commission hearing over comments implying bias by referees, the Football Association has announced.

Speaking to local paper the Sentinel last month after a series of matches where Stoke felt they had been badly treated, Coates said: "We feel we don't always get fair treatment and that is all we are asking for.

"There does seem to be a bias towards other teams. You always feel that because we have a good crowd that gets behind the team, referees seem to think, 'I will show them who's in charge here'."

The FA took a dim view of Coates' comments and charged him with improper conduct.

He denied the charge but has been found guilty at an independent regulatory commission hearing.

New case of Legionnaires' disease

Another case of Legionnaires' disease has been confirmed in Stoke-on-Trent following an outbreak in the city thought to be linked to a hot tub.

The Health Protection Agency said the latest case brings the total to 21. The patient, who is being treated at the University Hospital of North Staffordshire, is a man in his 70s.

Two patients being treated for the disease since the spate of illnesses began in the middle of July have died.

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Man arrested after explosions at three homes near Stoke-on-Trent

A man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after explosions at three homes.

Staffordshire Police said officers received reports of blasts at houses in the Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Moorlands area last night.

A spokesman said:

Shortly before 10pm last night, police were called to a house in Peters Lane, Blythe Bridge.

A short time later another report was received at a house in Dandelion Avenue in Cheadle and just after 10.15pm a further report was received from a house in Axon Crescent, Weston Coyney.

Fortunately no one was injured and all three residential properties sustained minimal damage.

A 44-year-old man from Cheadle was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and is currently being interviewed by detectives.

Legionnaires disease: Eight in hospital

Eight patients are now in hospital after an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease.

Eight patients remain in hospital and all are in a stable or improving condition. Three patients were well enough to go home today and have been discharged.

– A spokesman for University Hospital of North Staffordshire

We are treating a patient transferred from the University Hospital of North Staffordshire, confirmed with Legionnaires' disease who is in a critical but stable condition.

– A spokesman for Glenfield hospital, Leicester

Health officials: No new cases of Legionnaires' disease in Stoke-on-Trent

Staff at the University Hospital of North Staffordshire say there are no new cases of Legionnaires' Disease to report in Stoke-on-Trent today.

The total number of cases remains at 16.

Eight patients remain in hospital and all are in a stable or improving condition. Three patients were well enough to go home today and have been discharged.

– UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL OF NORTH STAFFORDSHIRE SPOKESPERSON

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Three men in their 70s among the Legionnaire's victims

Seven people are being treated in hospital with Legionnaires' disease in Stoke-on-Trent.

The patients range in age from their late 40s - 75 years old:

  • A man in his 40s
  • A woman in her 50s
  • Two men in their 50s
  • Three men in their 70s

Two of the three men in their seventies are said to be in a stable condition. The other patients are all recovering and improving.

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