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Pulis defends Stoke players

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Stoke manager Tony Pulis has launched a rousing defence of his players in the wake of Patrick Vieira being charged with violent conduct by the Football Association.

The Manchester City midfielder has been brought to book and faces a three-match ban following a challenge on Glenn Whelan that went unpunished by referee Alan Wiley during the 1-1 draw at the Britannia Stadium on Tuesday.

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Pulis believes his team should be given credit for the way they go about their business.

"Glenn gets kicked in the groin and he doesn't roll around as if he has been hit by a truck. He got up straight away," he said.

"You don't see our players surrounding the referee or surrounding Vieira and causing loads of trouble. People's perception of us is wrong.

"We have a committed group of players, who give everything in every game. But we are an honest group. Sometimes we are labelled wrongly."

Regarding the FA charge, Pulis added: "We will see what happens. It is down to them."

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