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Stoke boss Pulis putting together video-nasty of bad tackles

Following the dismissal of Stoke defender Robert Huth, Potters boss Tony Pulis is putting together a video of dubious tackles to show to show to the FA and get some clarity on what constitutes a red card challenge. "We are going to put a compilation of incidents together over the next few days.

"We will do it very professionally, in a proper manner, and then we'll send it off to the FA.

"We have to clear up what is a sending-off and what isn't, because we are watching games at times and we are getting different decisions being made for different teams and different players, but similar incidents.

"Our big thing is the inconsistency of it all and how we can clear it up.

"There is no point being just negative with it - you have to be a little bit constructive with it as well.

"We are disappointed that it (Huth's red card) has not been rescinded, but we have to get on with it."

Pulis last weekend suggested that the reaction of Black Cats midfielder Meyler, who rolled around on the floor as if hurt - had contributed to the dismissal.

"I have watched a lot of Spanish football of late - the big games involving Barcelona and Real Madrid," said Pulis.

"The players put enormous pressure on referees by going down and, really, pretending that they are injured when they are not to get people booked, and running after referees with their hand up hoping to get a yellow card (for the opposition).

"We can't allow that to come in in this country, and I think we have got to stop it now. We have to be brave enough to stand up and say that if people are going to fall over or dive in the penalty box when they have not been touched, the FA should look at them.

"We only have to ban them once or twice and that will stop it all, and then that disease will be out of this game."

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