Pulis - No excuse for Fuller
Tony Pulis called Ricardo Fuller "volatile" after the striker was sent off in the defeat to West Ham.
By Elliot Ball
Last Updated: 28/12/08 5:56pm
Stoke boss Tony Pulis described Ricardo Fuller as a "volatile player and person" after the striker was sent off for fighting with a team-mate in the 2-1 defeat to West Ham.
Fuller became involved in a heated exchange with captain Andy Griffin seconds after West Ham equalised early in the second half, and was red-carded for striking the defender in the face.
Carlton Cole had just cancelled out Abdoulaye Faye's early header and the Hammers capitalised on the numerical advantage by scoring a late winner through substitute Diego Tristan.
"There's no condoning what (Fuller's) done," said Pulis.
"He's walked up to Griff (Griffin) and clipped him on the chin and it's disappointing. I'll talk to them both and deal with it on Monday.
"Ric (Fuller) is a volatile player and a volatile person and what he's done will be dealt with. The pair get on well together but I've said to the lads we'll have a meeting on Monday to sort it out.
"There are always incidents on the pitch and in training. The game is passionate and it's nothing I haven't seen before.
"Ric was already on the bus when we came in and he's very disappointed with what he did and his reaction."
Pulis criticised the fact West Ham's 86th-minute was allowed to stand, claiming Tristan was offside as he deflected in Cole's shot.
"I've seen it on TV and the lad's offside for the second goal so it's disappointing," he added.
"I don't think (Thomas) Sorensen had a save to make in the second half.
"We are also disappointed with the two challenges from Luis Boa Morte in the first half. The second one particularly was very poor and he didn't get booked.
"There were challenges today that our players have got booked for and their
players haven't. I'm just asking for fairness, nothing more."