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Griffin disrespected me - Fuller

The Stoke City striker Ricardo Fuller speaks about his bizarre sending off against West Ham when he slapped teammate Andy Griffin.

Ricardo Fuller, centre, is given his marching orders by the referee Michael Jones after he slapped his teammate Andy Griffin during Stoke's 2-1 defeat to West Ham.
Ricardo Fuller, centre, is given his marching orders by the referee Michael Jones after he slapped his teammate Andy Griffin during Stoke's 2-1 defeat to West Ham.

LONDON // The Stoke City striker Ricardo Fuller said that his sending off for slapping teammate Andy Griffin against West Ham United on Sunday was a result of the club captain "disrespecting" him during a row over the conceding of a goal. The unusual incident happened after Griffin was at fault for West Ham's equaliser in the Premier League game, which the London club went on to win 2-1 with an 87th-minute winner.

"I simply said to Griff 'clear the ball out' and he was very rude and disrespectful," Fuller told Sky Sports News. "What he said was bad but what I did was worse and I'm probably going to be suspended for three or four games." The two players argued as Stoke prepared to restart the game after Carlton Cole's 51st-minute equaliser and Fuller had to be restrained after slapping Griffin, before being sent off for violent conduct.

"I feel bad, knowing I cost my team some points. I'm sorry for the fans and hope it never happens again," said the Jamaican international striker, who could be shown the door if Stoke impose a draconian punishment. "It's up to the club. I give my all to Stoke, maybe I give too much and maybe that's why I'm in this position," Fuller added. *Reuters