Stoke news

Jones apologises to Whelan

May 18, 2013
By ESPN staff

Stoke City striker Kenwyne Jones has said sorry to team-mate Glenn Whelan after smashing his car windscreen with a brick in accussing him of leaving a pig's head wrapped in his clothes in his locker at the training ground.

Kenwyne Jones
PA PhotosKenwyne Jones: Signed for Stoke from Sunderland in 2010

Jones, who says he now knows Whelan was not responsible for the prank, will pay for the damage to the Ireland international's car.

Stoke are yet to make a statement as to whether any player will be punished for the incident, which came ahead of their final game at Southampton on Sunday.

Stoke midfielder Brek Shea tweeted a picture of himself with the pig's head with the words "locker room banter gone wild''. The incident came just days after retiring striker Michael Owen had his car covered in eggs and flour by team-mates.

Jones was also involved on that occasion, tweeting a picture of Owen's car to his followers with the explanation that it was a "leaving present'' for the former England star.

Stoke opened an investigation into the matter on Friday. "The club takes seriously reports of an incident at our training ground this afternoon,'' the club said in a statement. "A full internal investigation will be carried out and those responsible for any unacceptable behaviour will be dealt with in accordance with the club's disciplinary procedures.''