Writer: Ryan Kalisz
Date:Tuesday August 9 2011
Tony Pulis has blown his baseball cap and blasted the Irish FA after they insisted on checking on the fitness of Jon Walters and Marc Wilson themselves.
The FAI adamantly made the duo travel from the Potteries to Ireland for their fitness tests, despite the fact that Tony had already informed them of their lack of fitness. He insisted that they were unable to play for the Republic of Ireland ahead of the clash with Croatia at the Aviva Stadium on Wednesday, but that didn`t appear to be substantial enough information for them.
After completing their own checks, they acknowledged that Pulis was indeed right. Reports revealed that that both players were indeed unfit for the game and they were sent back to Stoke for treatment.
A fuming Pulis was disgusted by the lack of trust the Irish FA had in his professionalism, and the impact the round trip to Dublin may have on the players' recovery, with the start of the new season just days away.
Tony told Sky Sports News: 'Our medical people say flying over to Ireland and back, plus staying in a hotel for the night, won't have done them any good
"It makes it a longer and more difficult process for us to get the players fit for Sunday.
"They are only friendly games and we are paying their wages.
"Our supporters want them to be fit for Sunday. The Irish supporters are not paying for them in a game that's a meaningless fixture.
"To take them away from their professional clubs a week before the season starts cannot be right.'
It is rather undermining to say the least! Tony evidently isn`t happy and I don`t blame him personally. Underhanded tricks such as lying about players` fitness to their national teams in order to keep them fresh for club fixtures isn`t Pulis` style, but what they did makes it seem that they believe that could be a case for the Welshman. He is a professional man who does everything by the book and wouldn`t dream of doing anything otherwise, so it`s clearly an insult and a waste of flight fuel only for the FAI to confirm what they were told in the first place.
Date:Tuesday August 9 2011
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