Pulis backs Dalglish
Updated Friday, 9th December 2011
Stoke manager Tony Pulis believes Liverpool counterpart Kenny Dalglish was right to raise the Football Association's apparent double standards on disciplinary issues.
The Reds boss was unimpressed with the governing body successfully reducing Wayne Rooney's three-match ban - for a red card picked up in Euro 2012 qualifying - by one game. Dalglish, who admitted there was no point trying to appeal Jay Spearing's dismissal at Fulham on Monday, said it set a "bad example".
The Football Association pointed out their disciplinary procedures covering domestic football were different to those for UEFA, but Pulis said it will have planted seeds of doubt in the minds of many clubs, saying: "I totally agree with him (Dalglish)."
He added: "It is not as if it was a 50-50 challenge or it was mis-timed, he (Rooney) has actually booted someone from behind.
"It would be interesting to see if a player from an English club actually went and appealed on a similar incident what the FA would have done - I think that is the point Kenny is trying to make.
"I don't think it would have been rescinded.
"I don't think it sets a precedent but it is almost a situation where they (the FA) have worked the system and the system has worked for them."