Pulis - Fuller incident finished
Tony Pulis insists the on-field incident between Ricardo Fuller and Andy Griffin is done and dusted.
Last Updated: 01/01/09 4:21pm
Stoke City manager Tony Pulis insists the on-field incident between Ricardo Fuller and Andy Griffin is done and dusted.
Fuller was sent-off against West Ham in their final league outing of 2008 for slapping captain Griffin following the Hammers' leveller on 51 minutes.
It proved to be the second time in just two outings that a sending off cost the Potters Premier League points, following Andy Wilkinson's dismissal against Manchester United.
Although it was feared the surprise on-field bust-up could have had a negative affect on the squad, Pulis says everything is still rosy in the garden following a team meeting.
"Ric and Griff have apologised to one another and to the group as a whole. They have also been punished in-house and it's over and done with," stated Pulis.
"We had a really good meeting with everyone having their say and, as I've said many times before, we've got a smashing group of lads here. There isn't one bad egg among them.
"The incident was disappointing in lots of respects and we can't deny that. But everyone makes mistakes and you have to learn from them and get on with life. They are both committed players with passion, but on this occasion the passion flowed over.
"Unfortunately, we also went on to lose a game we would probably have got at least a point from if we had kept 11 men on the field. To add to that, we will have to do without Ric who has been suspended for the next three games."
It had been suggested Fuller's error in judgement could force Stoke to cash-in on the Jamaica international striker, but Pulis has dismissed the talk as nonsense.
"That's absolute nonsense," he said on the possibility of Fuller being sold. "People can construe what they want, but Ric and Griff had an argument and it has now been sorted.
"Ric has two-and-a-half years left on his contract and he's going nowhere. All the talk about sacking him or selling him, or this and that, is a load of rubbish.
"I get on very well with Ric and he's a smashing lad. He has his moments, but so does everyone else. He's also a great talent and an important player at this football club."