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Stoke told to make formal complaint against Chelsea

Stoke City have been told to make a formal complaint against Chelsea if they want action over their crowding of match officials.

Potters chairman Peter Coates organised a DVD highlighting how he felt the London club's players broke the Respect campaign rules.

The video, showing seven occasions when more than three Chelsea players allegedly confronted referee Mike Dean during their Premier League match on September 12, was received by Premier League general secretary Mike Foster and referees' chief Keith Hackett.

But both have now told Stoke that only by sending the disc to the FA's disciplinary department can anything be done about it, says the Sunday Mirror.

Coates is now considering what further action to take.

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