Stoke chairman Peter Coates has condemned Ricardo Fuller's behaviour but indicated that the striker still has a role to play at the club despite some fans calling for the striker to be sacked.
Fuller was red-carded during the defeat at West Ham on Sunday after slapping his captain Andy Griffin.
"I will talk to the manager when he gets back but it is an internal matter," Coates told the Sentinel. "He is a very important player for Stoke and will be important for the second half of the season. But it is our affair and we will deal with it in our own way."
He added: "We can recover from this. The team spirit at Stoke is good and will remain good.
"I am disappointed that it happened. It influenced the game and we could have got something out of the game. People have to learn to control themselves."
Fuller faces disciplinary action by the club - who are involved in a relegation battle - on top of his three-match suspension.
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