Published On: Wed, Apr 30th, 2014

Stoke City to make referee complaint after Tottenham game

Stoke City vs Andre MarrinerStoke City are to make their third written referring complaint of the season following their fixture against Tottenham Hotspur.

The Telegraph reported that Stoke’s chief executive,  Tony Scholes, is writing to referees chief Mike Riley to express the club’s feelings following the ‘poor’ performance of Andre Marriner during the 1-0 home defeat to Spurs on Saturday.

Double Standards? 

During that game Marriner sent off Potters defender Ryan Shawcross but didn’t take any action against Tottenham duo Danny Rose and Emmanuel Adebayor.

The Stoke complaint will include video evidence of the incidents in question, and will be sent to Riley, who is the general manager of the Professional Game Match Officials Board – reported The Telegraph.

Adebayor was not booked for an apparent elbow on Shawcross, who was later sent off for two bookable offences, while Rose only received a yellow card for shoving Geoff Cameron in the chest.

Nothing Can Be Done

However, the Spurs striker will not face any retrospective action from the Football Association at Marriner saw the incident and awarded a free kick to the home side.

Stoke chairman, Pete Coates, is quoted in The Telegraph as saying: “We have been disappointed with many refereeing performances this season and Saturday was the latest example.”

On a happier note, the Potters have completed a deal to sign Queens Park Rangers striker Peter Skapetis – Sky Sports reports.

The 19-year-old was signed by QPR in 2012 from Australian side South Melbourne, but he will transfer to the Britannia Stadium on the 1st of July after agreeing terms with Stoke.

A Closed Book

The Premier League side will pay an undisclosed fee for the forward, who has signed a two-year contract.

Skapetis announced his move on Twitter, and Sky Sports reported that the teenager said: “This is a big opportunity for me to develop my game at a Premier League club.

“I think playing there can take me to another level hopefully and give me my best chance of success.”

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  • Nila Griva

    Not only an ordinary team. Stupid are they as well. Referee complaint? Give me a break please. They were lucky not to have 2 red cards. These Stoke Special tackles are a nightmare. This season they have caused long injury breaks for 2 Spurs-players.


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