Referees discriminate against small clubs, says Stoke's Pulis

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Stoke City manager Tony Pulis has claimed ahead of today's game at Chelsea that smaller Premier League clubs are being discriminated against in the choice of referees and the decisions they make.

He was annoyed that Martin Atkinson was taken off Stoke's match last weekend to take charge of the Manchester derby, and the less experienced Stuart Attwell took over at the Britannia Stadium. "Are they saying that Attwell is not good enough for the derby, and if he's not good enough for them, why is he good enough for Stoke against Bolton?" Pulis said, adding that the top four clubs are favoured by referees: "There's definitely a bigger split of decisions that go for the top clubs, whichever way you cook it."

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