Originally Posted by AndreBaker
That's karma for you. Stoke have been clogging away for years under Pulis and have made referees in their games deem violence acceptable, especially now that opposition teams are starting to go out and match your lot in terms of physicality in order to level out the playing field. If you live by the sword, you die by it. I'm not saying it's right, but those niggly tactics have brought all of this about. These incidents will only stop when you shed your constant shirt pulling/vicious last ditch challenge tactics. It could take a while to get rid of that stigma.
I love the rough & tumble & Stoke do have a reputation (an unfair one, if you look at the amount of yellow cards we've had the past few seasons), but the people who are critical towards us you then ask them do you watch Stoke play? 9/10 they say only on highlights and what the papers say. I have even see people say Stoke don't like it when others get rough with them but im sorry has any Stoke player come out & moaned about Saturday? and then Wilko gets completely clattered by Gardner a few weeks which could of been easily a red card these days, but back he gets up & they shake hands, most players nowadays would stay down & roll around on the floor, but once again very little is mentioned about it.
Take physicality away from football is the day football becomes a poorer game.