Pulis to contact FA

Britannia Stadium boss wants consistent rules on tackling

Tony Pulis: Still not happy about the perceived inconsistency in refereeing

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Stoke manager Tony Pulis is to send a case study to the Football Association in an attempt to find some clarification regarding red card tackles.

Defender Robert Huth was last weekend shown a straight red card by referee Martin Atkinson in the first half of the 1-0 Premier League defeat at a snowy Britannia Stadium for a sliding challenge on David Meyler.

Atkinson's decision left Pulis fuming and the Staffordshire outfit subsequently lodged an appeal with the FA, but it was rejected, meaning Huth - now faced with a three-match ban - will sit out Saturday's trip to Fulham.

Pulis intends to pursue the matter and said on Friday: "We are going to put a compilation of incidents together over the next few days.

"We will do it very professionally, in a proper manner, and then we'll send it off to the FA.


"We have to clear up what is a sending-off and what isn't, because we are watching games at times and we are getting different decisions being made for different teams and different players, but similar incidents.

"Our big thing is the inconsistency of it all and how we can clear it up.

"There is no point being just negative with it - you have to be a little bit constructive with it as well.

"We are disappointed that it (Huth's red card) has not been rescinded, but we have to get on with it."

Meanwhile, Pulis refused to be drawn on speculation linking defender Matthew Upson - a potential replacement in the team for Huth - with Shanghai Shenhua of China.

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