Pulis hits out at big-club bias

Stoke City manager Tony Pulis has hit out at what he perceives to be preferential treatment given to the Premier League bigger clubs.

Pulis was speaking ahead of a clash with Wolves at Molineux, with the home side robbed of the services of skipper Karl Henry due to his controversial sending-off at Arsenal last weekend.

Pulis said:"Karl Henry's sending-off I thought was very harsh. I think the reaction of the Arsenal players was very poor.

"It is something that is coming into the game and it is something that has to be addressed.

"What annoys me is that (Tomas) Rosicky then gets up straight away and plays on. It annoys me that he is then playing in Barcelona.

"If the FA want to do something and do something positive, it is stopping people from surrounding referees.

"I think they did bring it out 18 months ago, but they seem to put it back in the cupboard.

"It seems to be the big clubs that surround referees and put pressure on them and they are never going to act against them are they?

"The problem is there are rules for some clubs and rules for others. I really believe that.

"We had a situation where we played Chelsea. We sent the FA a video where there were six or seven Chelsea players surrounding the referee on more than three occasions.

"We thought if you did that it was an automatic fine. We have not heard anything since."

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