Stoke hit Kenwyne Jones with fine
Stoke City manager Mark Hughes has confirmed that striker Kenwyne Jones has been fined two weeks' wages for refusing to play against Liverpool last weekend.
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The Potters boss -- who was notified by a text from Jones on the eve of the 5-3 defeat -- has also stated the Trinidad and Tobago international will not be part of the squad to face Crystal Palace this weekend.
After original stories regarding Jones' breach of discipline emerged, the former Sunderland player urged his Twitter followers not to believe them, while promising to eventually tell the truth.
Just make sure you you have the correct story before making a comment— Kenwyne j Jones (@KJ9nes) January 14, 2014
Don't believe everything you read in the papers— Kenwyne j Jones (@KJ9nes) January 14, 2014
Hopefully they will speak the truth if not in time I will.— Kenwyne j Jones (@KJ9nes) January 14, 2014
He has also considered involving the Professional Footballers' Association in the case, however, Stoke are adamant they have acted within their rights after fining the striker around 80,000 pounds.
Hughes claimed Jones was "unavailable" when asked about his whereabouts after the Liverpool defeat, before reports emerged of the striker's refusal to play.
And when questioned further on the matter on Thursday, Hughes said: "What was reported was what happened. I was disappointed and Kenwyne has been fined because it is not something that should happen. We spoke on Monday just to get an understanding of why it happened, so we had that meeting.
"He has been in this week training and we get on with it. He won't be involved this weekend, that would be fair to say, because maybe the events of last weekend are still in his mind."
When asked of the speculation about Everton being interested in Jones, Hughes added: "Maybe that's the problem -- that maybe people are telling him there are clubs in for him. We've had no contact from anybody in this window, so maybe the information isn't what it seems from the outside.
“But we'll have to wait and see. The transfer window is open and a lot of things happen in a window. We'll have to bide our time. But it is unfortunate -- none of us saw it coming, so we are disappointed. Sometimes you make mistakes and on this occasion Kenwyne made a mistake. I accept that sometimes that can happen."