Stoke City Chair secures Jamaican striker’s spot


RicardoFuller_599543.jpgRicardo Fuller, the Jamaican born Stoke City striker got himself some negative headlines following a brawl with a teammate at Sunday’s losing game to West Ham in the English Premier League.

Facing disciplinary action for the on field row with captain, Andy Griffin, where Fuller struck the captain, the 29-year-old’s fate is in the hands of the club, who has declared the situation an internal matter, according to Teamtalk.

Calling Fuller a key player, Spokes City Chairman, Peter Coates told reporters, "I will talk to the manager when he gets back but it is an internal matter. He is a very important player for Stoke and will be important for the second half of the season. But it is our affair and we will deal with it in our own way.”

Fuller, who was red carded during the defeat at Upton Park on Sunday faces a three-match suspension.

Manager, Tony Pulis said there is no condoning what Fuller has done and he’s waiting for the in house meeting on the matter to be clear on follow up action.

The incident reportedly began when Fuller approached Griffin asking belligerently, why he had given West Ham’s Carlton Cole way to get past him – scoring in the 51st minute and canceling Abdoulaye Faye’s fourth minute header that had put Stoke in the lead.

Pulis told reporters that while Fuller is volatile, the two team-mates actually get along well together and spoke of his being shocked at the incident.

Today Coates said recovering from this is certain and that the team spirit at Stoke is good and will remain that way. He expressed disappointment at the lack of self control exhibited, and looks forward to the mend.