Stoke have confirmed that an investigation is ongoing into manager Tony Pulis' dressing room bust-up with striker James Beattie.
The pair clashed after the 2-0 Premier League defeat by Arsenal at Emirates Stadium on 5th December following a row over the club's Christmas party plans.
The Potters attempted to keep the fall-out from the altercation in-house, with Pulis insisting he would not break the 'golden rule' of discussing what went on behind the closed door of the team's dressing room.
But Beattie is understood to be unhappy with the club's handling of the affair and it has been reported he has submitted an official complaint as he seeks an apology from Pulis.
Chairman Peter Coates admitted that the incident was still under review but was not willing to divulge any further details.
"It has not been concluded. It's still in process," Coates told The Guardian.
"I have not been closely involved. But we have set up the right procedure and done it by the book.
"We are dealing with it in what we feel is the right and proper manner. It disappoints me that it has been leaked."
Beattie, who was strongly linked with a move away from the Britannia Stadium in the January transfer window, is facing a battle to feature for the club again this season after undergoing knee surgery.
But Coates has denied suggestions that the striker could have played his last game for the club and that a summer exit was a formality.
"He's our player," added the Potters chairman. "He's got to get on and play for us and that's what he's paid for. I expect him to play for us.
"I hope he's got a long way to go in his career."