Stoke chairman Coates unhappy with Premiership refs

Stoke City chairman Peter Coates believes they're not getting fair treatment from Premiership refs.

Stoke City chairman Peter Coates believes they're not getting fair treatment from Premiership refs.

Reflecting on Andy Wilkinson getting a red card against Manchester United on Boxing Day, Coates claimed that Cristiano Ronaldo should have been punished by referee Chris Foy for flicking a boot at the defender, as should Wayne Rooney for throwing an elbow at Abdoulaye Faye.

Coates said: "I'm not excusing Wilkinson but he was aggravated by Ronaldo just before and I think everyone saw that but the referee did nothing.

"Then Rooney puts in a strong elbow right in front of the linesman, and again, nothing.

"Big clubs get favoured treatment from referees but it's happened for a number of years.

"We complain through the official channels and we'll continue to complain."

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