Pre-Wembley tests frustrate Pulis

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Stoke boss Tony Pulis hit out at the Football Association after some of his players were made to undergo a drug test the day before the FA Cup final.

The Potters' preparations for the Wembley showdown with Manchester City were interrupted by the unscheduled request last Friday. They went on to lose the game 1-0 and Pulis was left fuming having discovered that City had not been required to take part in a similar test in the build-up to the match.

"We were told we were the only team that they did it on, which I thought was pretty disappointing," Pulis said.

"When you think it is a final of a blue riband tournament, to have people turning up the day before and only to one team - and they also did us after the game.

"It is a random drug test, they say. That was really random, picking on us twice in two days."

It is standard procedure for the FA to carry out random drug tests on players without giving clubs any notice.

Independent sampling officers from UK Anti-Doping are accompanied by an FA supervising officer, who is either a doctor or physiotherapist approved by the FA.

Asked if he would be making an official complaint to the FA about the matter, Pulis said: "I've got to be very careful what I say about anybody, never mind the FA, just in case I get fined.

"We were really disappointed with it - for me, it was a bad, bad call. But like I said, I have to be very careful of sometimes speaking the truth."

Earlier this week Pulis was warned by the FA as to his future conduct following comments he made about referee Howard Webb. The 53-year-old fell foul of new rules stipulating managers should not speak about match officials prior to a game, having praised the appointment of Webb for the Potters' FA Cup semi-final against Bolton last month.

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