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Pulis 'draws a line' under Beattie row

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Stoke manager Tony Pulis is adamant a line has been drawn under his row with striker James Beattie and, if fit, the striker will be in his squad for Saturday's match at home to Wigan.

Pulis would not comment specifically on allegations he and Beattie had a physical confrontation in the dressing room after last weekend's defeat at Arsenal after a disagreement over a day off following the team's Christmas party.

"We've had a meeting with the group on Monday, where James was involved, and I've had a meeting with James himself," Pulis told Press Association Sport. "As far as I'm concerned a line has been drawn under it and we move on."

He added: "It's been different with a lot of focus on matters away from football

"But I've been in football 17 years and I know what to expect. I've always had certain golden rules and one is what happens in the dressing room stays in the dressing room for lots of reasons.

"One is respect: respect for that group and the players. It should be kept within the group.

"I've never felt the need to come out and discuss things that have happened."

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