Friday, 1 March 2013

Robert Huth Gets Tony Pulis Blast For Ban

Tony Pulis has blasted Robert Huth for letting Stoke down with a moment of madness that earned him a deserved three-match ban.

The German defender picked up a retrospective suspension after being caught on camera giving Fulham’s Philippe Senderos a forearm smash.

And he has received no sympathy from his angry manager, who has no complaints about the punishment and admitted he also faces a club rap.

“I don’t know what Robert was doing to be honest,” said Pulis.

“What he’s done is wrong and out of character. I’ve seen the incident on video and I’ve spoken to him about it.

“I didn’t see it on the day but when I saw it on the video, I knew what he did was wrong.

“He’s let himself down more than anything else but he’s let the group down as it affects the team.

“Robert has been an important cog of our machinery over the past four or five years. He’s been a rock for us and one of the great signings of the club.

"I can understand if people get booked or sent off for a mistimed tackle, but what happened at Fulham is unacceptable and he understands that himself.

“He’s been big and strong enough to hold his hands up and say he was wrong. We’ll appeal if we feel we’ve got a case but what Robert did wasn’t right – on this occasion we’re in the wrong.

“I’m disappointed more than angry. He won’t do it again. We’ll be looking at it and if we do anything, we’ll do it internally.”

Huth has played every minute of every game for Stoke this season, meaning Pulis may bring in Marc Wilson after he just returned from a broken leg.

And he is adamant he has no regrets about letting former England international Matt Upson join Brighton on loan for the season.

“He could’ve left 12 months earlier,” he revealed.

“But he wanted to play football and it was difficult to keep hold of a professional footballer. He’s past 30 and wants to play week in, week out.”

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