Ricardo Fuller obviously thinks he’s Mario Balotelli or plays for a club like City. No, he plays for Stoke and has about a quarter of Balotelli’s talent, so the most important thing for him was to repay Tony Pulis’s faith in him and stay on the pitch to score a goal. But his reaction to Branislav Ivanovic in the 25th minute has to rank amongst the dumbest things this season.
Andre Marriner had no hesitation pulling out the red card. Fuller still seemed to believe he was a rocket scientist talking trash with Drogba and continuing to do so even after he exited the pitch. Stoke had to play a man down for more than a hour losing the match in the end. Nice going, Ricardo. Afterwards, Pulis was livid complaining of the striker’s short fuse and calling it a ridiculous reaction.