Stoke chairman Coates defends manager Pulis over outburst

11 November 2011 08:11
Stoke chairman Peter Coates has backed the comments of Tony Pulis which have landed the Potters manager in trouble with the Football Association.[LNB] Pulis has been charged with improperconduct by the FA following his criticism of referee Lee Probert after last month's 2-1 Carling Cup defeat to Liverpool at the Britannia Stadium.[LNB] Charged: Stoke boss Tony Pulis[LNB] The Welshman questioned Probert's decision to disallow a Jon Walters effort in the first half of the game and felt there had been a foul on Peter Crouch which should have seen Stoke awarded a penalty.[LNB] He was also unhappy that a Jamie Carragher tackle on Matthew Etherington did not result in a red card, and told the BBC: 'You have to have a level playing field - you can't have it both ways, and he (Probert) has done that in my opinion.[LNB]  'He has not made the correct decisions.'[LNB] Pulis went on to refer to past Potters matches where he thought Probert had made poor decisions.[LNB] He has denied the FA charge, requesting a personal hearing, and the 56-year-old has the full support of Coates, who feels Pulis' words were justified.[LNB] 'I am surprised and disappointed because Tony made legitimate points about poor decisions,' said Coates, quoted in The Sentinel.[LNB] 'I think managers are entitled to question poor decisions. I'm not saying referees can't make mistakes - we all do.[LNB] 'But why shouldn't referees be criticised? Why should they be wrapped in cotton wool?' [LNB] Wigan issue ultimatum to Rodallega as Arsenal and Liverpool prepare to pounceManchester City join the ?34m race for Spanish midfielder Martinez [LNB] [LNB]

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