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Coates insists Stoke will continue to pursue Wenger over Shawcross criticism

Stoke City chairman Peter Coates says the club will continue to pursue an apology from Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger after he accused Ryan Shawcross of kicking Tottenham keeper Heurelho Gomes in Stoke's home game with Spurs in August.

Wenger's comment came as he accused Stoke of 'rugby' style tactics on goalkeepers.

Wenger says Stoke shouldn't take his comments personally because he simply speaks out against 'violent football' and 'bad fouls' without considering the teams involved.

But Coates says Wenger's comments on Shawcross were incorrect and could affect the player.

He told The Sentinel: "A statement has been made that is factually incorrect. All the manager has to say is he is sorry, he has made a mistake.

"I realise he is a great manager, but we can't let managers, however eminent, say things which are not true that could damage Ryan's career.

"For that reason, we are asking for this to be rectified.

"We have made a complaint to the Premier League, so it is in their hands."

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