Hughes facing anxious wait

Stoke boss Mark Hughes could find himself in more trouble after claiming referees are more lenient with the likes of Pep Guardiola.

Stoke: Hughes facing anxious waitStoke: Hughes facing anxious wait

Hughes had an elevated viewpoint of Saturday’s 4-0 home drubbing against Tottenham, having been sent to the stands with 10 minutes of the first half to go following an incident which saw Marko Arnautovic booked for diving.

The Welshman, who has bemoaned refereeing decisions in each of Stoke’s previous two defeats, revealed it was for stepping out of his technical area to protest what he thought was an initial foul on Jonathan Walters, rather than the verbal abuse which he directed at fourth official Jon Moss after referee Anthony Taylor was called over.

However, Hughes also insists the same kind of incident was on show in the Manchester derby at the weekend, but the referee took no action.

“They seem to be vigilant and more of a stickler for the rules when Stoke are involved, I think,” he said. “I watched the Manchester derby it was a very good, passionate game. There was emotion on the sidelines.

“At one point I saw one of the managers step on the pitch and nothing was done about that. Clearly I went out of the technical area and they spotted that.”

“You get sent off, that’s the punishment, isn’t it? It not for foul and abusive language or anything. It was basically because I came out of the technical area and waved my hands about.“The Premier League doesn’t like that because of their image abroad. That’s what they’re trying to protect. That’s the reason the rule came in apparently.”

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