Stoke's Tony Pulis fumes at Ryan Shawcross red card

24 January 2011 12:20
Stoke boss Tony Pulis has voiced his frustration he will be without skipper Ryan Shawcross for the next two matches after his dismissal at Fulham on Saturday. [LNB]Centre-back Shawcross was given a red card for a professional foul onClint Dempsey, resulting in his second goal in a 2-0 win via a penalty,which ordinarily carries with it a one-match suspension.[LNB]However, as it was Shawcross' second red card of the season - he was sent off for two bookable offences at Sunderland in November - it means he will now miss two matches. [LNB] Penalty: Clint Dempsey is pulled down by Ryan Shawcross on Saturday[LNB]Shawcross sits out the FA Cup fourth-round tie at Wolves on Sunday, as well as the Barclays Premier League trip to Liverpool three days later. [LNB]Speaking to the club's official website, Pulis said: 'I was disappointed with the award of the penalty because from my point of view it was a coming together of two players. [LNB]'To me, Dempsey looks like he is already on his way down before Ryan puts his arm around him. [LNB]'Even if you accept that it was a penalty, for the referee to then send him off adds insult to injury.[LNB] 'What is particularly harsh is that we now lose him for another two matches, so the punishment doesn't fit the crime, and that really needs looking at.'[LNB] Graham Poll: Martinez and Pulis were wrong... Fabregas and Dempsey are no cheatsWatch all the Premier League goals every week on our brilliant video playerFulham 2 Stoke 0: Relief for Cottagers as Dempsey doubles upSTOKE CITY FC

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