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Stoke boss Mark Hughes has blasted Burnley striker Ashley Barnes in his side’s build up to this weekend’s game at Arsenal, and has all but suggested that Stoke are not treated in the same way as other clubs by the Football Association.

Bruno Martins Indi will line up for Stoke against Arsenal after suffering no damage last week when he was caught by a stray elbow from Barnes, one that looked to most people to be accidental. Referee Mark Clattenburg confirmed he’d seen it and didn’t deem it worthy of anything and that’s been backed up by such as Dermot Gallagher on television.

However, Hughes said yesterday: “I’m not about getting players into trouble. I didn’t make a song and dance of it after the game because I hadn’t at that point seen the challenge, but having seen it since, I thought there was clearly intent there and I was surprised that it wasn’t picked up.”

Hughes, probably the worst manager in the league when it comes to being fair with his assessments, then went on to say: “Maybe our game wasn’t high profile enough. I’m not quite sure who actually makes the decision in terms of retrospective action and what dictates it.

“I don’t know if there’s a noise in the media, then it gets highlighted and picked up by these people. I can hark back to when Charlie (Adam) was pulled up in a game. Because we were playing a high level team, it got more press and Charlie got done. Maybe Stoke versus Burnley wasn’t high profile enough for people to be made aware that challenges that need to be looked at still occur.

“I thought it was an oversight. Maybe it just got lost, but that shouldn’t happen. I think I saw ex-referees on the Monday morning explaining it away by saying it was unintentional. They clearly haven’t played the game because I took a completely different view, as most of the guys connected with the club did.”

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