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Pulis may appeal £10k FA fine

Stoke City manager Tony Pulis is set to appeal the £10,000 fine handed down by the Football Association for comments he made in the wake of the Potters' Carling Cup defeat to Liverpool a month ago.

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Pulis, who was also warned as to his future conduct when the punishment was meted out on Monday, was initially charged in early November after the FA reviewed what he said in his post-match interviews following the 2-1 loss at the Britannia Stadium.

The Stoke manager, who originally denied the charge of improper conduct, said: "I am very disappointed with the outcome. I have requested written reasons and I am considering an appeal."

Pulis was furious with referee Lee Probert after their Carling Cup exit, saying the official should have sent off Jamie Carragher for a challenge on Matthew Etherington.

He was also critical of Probert for disallowing a Jon Walters header and not giving a penalty for a foul on Peter Crouch.

Carragher was only booked after the Etherington challenge, a decision which prompted the Stoke boss to say after the match: "It was a poor challenge. If one of our players had committed it, I would have expected him to get sent off.''

Of Crouch being denied a penalty he said: "The referee had a great view of it and didn't give it and that's disappointing. You have to have a level playing field - you can't have it both ways, and he (Probert) has done that in my opinion. He has not made the correct decisions."

Pulis also went on to refer to previous Stoke matches where he thought Probert had made poor decisions.

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