Russell commits to Potters

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Stoke City midfielder Darel Russell has signed a two-year contract extension with the club.

The former Norwich City man followed team-mate Clint Hill by adding another two years to his existing Britannia Stadium deal - much to the delight of Potters director of football John Rudge.

"It's been a long, drawn-out issue, but at the end of it, Darel has decided he wants to stay and we are delighted with that," Rudge told the club's official website.

"It follows Clint Hill's decision to sign a new contract and is another feather in our cap."

The news of Russell's contract extension was tempered by The Football Association's decision to extend defender Marlon Broomes ban to four matches.

The FA added another match to the player's initial three-match suspension after deeming Stoke's appeal to Broomes's red card at Southampton on Saturday as 'frivolous'.

The Potters had felt referee Ray Olivier was wrong to send Broomes off for his challenge on Saints' teenage striker Theo Walcott and appealed the decision, but The FA have seemingly taken a dim view to Stoke's appeal.

A surprised Rudge reacted with dismay to The FA's decision and described Tuesday's decision as 'scandalous'.

"We are very surprised," he added. "We have been told our appeal was considered frivolous and we are bitterly disappointed by that conclusion.

"In fact, we think it's scandalous.

"We are not in the habit of appealing against red cards for the sake of it.

"On this occasion, we felt that Marlon was wrongly penalised and our appeal was submitted with complete conviction and with video evidence, which we felt supported our viewpoint."