Stoke chairman Peter Coates has hit back at Danny Murphy in the row over tackling in the top flight.
The issue of tackling has come under the spotlight in recent days after Nigel de Jong's challenge on Hatem Ben Arfa left the Newcastle player with a double leg break, while Wolves' Karl Henry has been fined two weeks' wages by his club for his tackle on Wigan's Jordi Gomez.
Fulham midfielder Murphy has since entered the debate, believing the managers at Stoke, Wolves and Blackburn send out their players too pumped up for action.
But Stoke chairman Coates has defended manager Tony Pulis and his side, insisting the Potters are "fair" and play the game in the "right spirit."
He told the club's official website: "I am surprised by his comments.
"He himself is a very competitive player and maybe with hindsight he perhaps wishes he had said nothing, but there you are.
"We are a strong team, we are competitive, but we like to think we are fair and play the game in the right spirit. That's how it should be.
"If you look at the disciplinary league table this year, we are doing okay. We are sitting in 10th place and you will see in that league table some notable names below us and some red cards being shown to those notable names as well."
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