Stoke punish Huth

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Stoke City have taken their own disciplinary action against Robert Huth as the big defender takes a three-game ban on the chin.

The German was handed the suspension after pleading guilty to a charge of violent conduct after swinging an arm into the face of West Ham's Matthew Upson in an off the ball incident last Saturday.

Stoke manager Tony Pulis said: "We have spoken to Robert and he knows what we feel. His reaction was poor and it could have cost us the game."

He added: "Upson wasn't even looking at the ball as he blocked Robert off, but players have to retain their discipline in those situations, whatever the provocation is."

Andy Wilkinson, who was axed after Huth's £5 million arrival from Middlesbrough in August, is primed to deputise at right-back at Tottenham on Saturday.

But Pulis added: "Robert has been the most consistent player we've had at the club this season. He's one of the rocks our defence has been built on and he's been exceptional away from home.

"He's very disappointed he's going to miss games, but he's a good kid and a great professional who takes on board what we say to him. He will learn and bounce back from this."

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