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Stoke reject Jones fine appeal

Cardiff striker Kenwyne Jones has had an appeal against a fine imposed on him by his former club Stoke rejected by the Potters, PA Sport understands.

Jones was fined the equivalent of two weeks' wages in January after he sent Stoke boss Mark Hughes a text message on the night before the Barclays Premier League match against Liverpool to say he was unavailable for selection.

It is understood Jones went back to Stoke last week to argue the level of his fine was unjust, but Potters chairman Peter Coates has since concluded that not to be the case and that the 29-year-old player can now either pay up or take the matter to the Premier League.

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Ireland: Stoke keep on getting better

Stoke will achieve their best-ever Barclays Premier League finish if they remain in 10th place for the rest of the season - but midfielder Stephen Ireland has stressed the Potters are in no mood to settle for their current position.

We have to keep chasing ninth - that's all we can do and it's what we want to do.

We don't want to settle for 10th, because we don't want to get complacent. We want to keep going and going.

You never know - there could be something riding on the last game of the season for us at West Brom, which is what we are hoping.

We don't want to go there and just have a friendly game. We want to go and hopefully be in a position to secure ninth.

– Stoke City midfielder Stephen Ireland
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