Stoke boss Pulis forced to intervene as ref goes mad in Orlando

Stoke City boss Tony Pulis had to have a word with an overzealous ref during victory at Orlando City.

Stoke midfielder Glenn Whelan was booked for barging over Rodrigo Lopez, then went nose-to-nose with fellow Irishman James O’Connor as tempers flared.

Ropey ref Marcos Deoliveira over-reacted by brandishing yellow, then to Whelan’s disgust, a second yellow followed.

It was way over the top from an over-zealous official who later tried to prevent Ryan Shotton coming back on for the injured Cameron Jerome.

A blast from Pulis and the intervention of Orlando boss Adrian Heath soon persuaded Deoliveira to lighten up in what was supposedly a friendly.

Pulis said: “Who wants to be a referee? You have managers shouting at you, players shouting at you and supporters shouting at you.

“But hopefully nothing will come of Glenn’s red card. It’s a friendly and I’d be disappointed if any further action was taken.

“Cameron Jerome and Marc Wilson both picked up knee injuries yet the ref tried to prevent us putting Ryan Shotton back on.

“I just told him to think of the supporters who had come out to see a decent game.

“What kind of contest were they going to see if we had gone down to nine, then eight men.”

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