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Jese disciplined for walk-out, granted personal leave by Stoke

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Jese Rodriguez has been disciplined, in an undisclosed manner, by Stoke City after the Spanish striker left the bench and stadium upon being an unused substitute during last weekend’s 2-1 victory over Swansea City.

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With 20 minutes left to go in the game, manager Mark Hughes made his second and third substitutions in tandem — Ibrahim Afellay and Ramadan Sobhi replaced Darren Fletcher and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting — at which point Rodriguez, out of frustration, walked down the tunnel and left the bet365 Stadium.

Asked this week whether or not Rodriguez, who has made just two short appearances as a sub in the last six weeks, has apologized to Hughes and the rest of the squad, the Potters’ boss believes the player’s heart is in the right place and that the apology is understood, and accepted, without necessarily being spoken — quotes from the BBC:

“He made a mistake. He’s been disciplined for that. He understands it wasn’t the right decision at that time.”

“Not in so many words because his English isn’t great but he understands that it was incorrect.

“It’s been addressed, we’ve obviously highlighted what he needs to do in the future. He’s a little bit frustrated, he wants to play, as all players do.”

According to the BBC, Rodriguez has also been granted conditional leave in order to travel home to the Canary Islands and be with his son who was born prematurely, in June. As a result, he will be unavailable for Saturday’s trip to Wembley Stadium to take on Tottenham Hotspur (Watch live, 10 a.m. ET, on NBCSN and NBCSports.com).

Watch Live: Brighton and Hove Albion vs. Stoke City

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Chris Hughton looks to lead his Brighton and Hove Albion to a fifth-straight result as the Gulls welcome Stoke City to the Amex Stadium on Monday (Watch live at 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com).

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The Gulls have won two and drawn two, powered by goals from Glenn Murray and the playmaking of Pascal Gross.

Stoke’s 3-4-1-2 has Ramadan Sobhi, Eric Choupo-Moting, and Xherdan Shaqiri attacking the final third.

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Brighton and Hove Albion: Ryan, Bruno, Dunk, Duffy, Bong, Stephens, Propper, Knockaert, Izquierdo, Gross, Murray. Subs: Krul, Hemed, Goldson, Schelotto, Suttner, Brown.

Stoke City: Grant; Zouma, Shawcross, Wimmer; Diouf, Fletcher, Allen, Pieters; Shaqiri, Ramadan; Choupo-Moting. Subs: Haugaard; Berahino, Jese, Afellay, Martins Indi, Adam, Crouch.

Stoke City 1-0 Crystal Palace: Allen keeps Allardyce’s Eagles down

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  • Allen nets sixth of season
  • Palace still in drop zone
  • Stoke in top half

Joe Allen heaped misery on Sam Allardyce and Crystal Palace, as Stoke City handed the reeling Eagles a 1-0 loss at the bet365 Stadium on Saturday.

Stoke is ninth with 32 points, while Palace is 19th with 19 points. The Eagles are two points shy of safety.

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Peter Crouch flicked a ball to Marko Arnautovic for early danger, but Wayne Hennessey made a nice save on the Austrian attacker.

There wasn’t much to like in the first half for Palace, but Christian Benteke and Andros Townsend helped inject threatening moments into the early stages of the second half.

Stoke finally broke through courtesy of Allen, the Welshman hooking home after Ramadan Sobhi did a masterful job of holding up Arnautovic’s terrific cross.

James Tomkins mishit a scoring chance in a bad way in the 72nd minute, belting a ball wide off the side of his shin.

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Premier Leaguers on Africa Cup of Nations duty

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Sixteen nations will compete in the Africa Cup of Nations from Jan. 14 to Feb. 5, with 15 hoping to unseat the Ivory Coast as champions of the continent.

Players are released from their clubs on Jan. 2, giving a headache to several PL sides.

Some players, like Liverpool’s Joel Matip and Crystal Palace’s Bakary Sako, have opted to skip the tournament in favor of staying with their Premier League squad.

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While a number of squads are provisional as of this posting, their PL players are not expected to be cut in most cases.

* denotes provisional squad

Gabon
Didier N’Dong (Sunderland)

Algeria*
Sofiane Feghouli (West Ham)
Adlene Guedioura (Watford)
Ismael Bennacer (Arsenal)
Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City)
Islam Slimani (Leicester City)

Tunisia*
Wahbi Khazri (Sunderland)

DR Congo*
Dieumerci Mbokani (Hull City)
Benik Afobe (Bournemouth)

Morocco*
Sofiane Boufal (Southampton)
Nordin Amrabat (Watford)

Ghana, Mali, Egypt, Uganda, Ivory Coast, and Senegal have yet to make any announcements on their roster composition.

Sadio Mane (Liverpool), Mame Biram Diouf (Stoke), Idrissa Gueye (Everton), and Cheikhou Kouyate (West Ham) are fixtures for Senegal. Papy Djilobodji (Sunderland) could also make the cut.

Egypt routinely calls up Mohamed Elneny (Arsenal), Ahmed Elmohamady (Hull City), and Ramadan Sobhi (Stoke).

Leicester City pair Jeff Schlupp and Daniel Amartey represent Ghana, as does West Ham striker Andre Ayew.

The Ivory Coast includes Bournemouth man Max Gradel, Stoke striker Wilfried Bony, Watford’s Brice Dja Djedje, and Sunderland back Lamine Kone. Manchester United center back Eric Bailly is also set for AFCON duty, and Wilfried Zaha could be joining Les Elephants.

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Stoke City 3-1 Swansea City: Bony, Allen punish former employer

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  • Bony scores twice vs former team
  • Adam hits two first half posts
  • Routledge scores

Wilfried Bony bagged a brace against his old squad as Stoke City handed Swansea City another loss, this one a 3-1 defeat at the Britannia Stadium on Monday.

Ramadan Sobhi forced Swansea into an own goal for Stoke’s other goal, while Wayne Routledge netted for Swans.

Swansea remains 19th with 5 points, and have gained one point in three matches under new coach Bob Bradley.

Stoke moves up to 12th, with 12 points.

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Bony scored after just three minutes, darting onto a mishit Joe Allen shot and blasting it into the roof of the net from inside the six. 1-0.

The visitors drew level when Gylfi Sigurdsson chipped a ball toward Routledge, who would’ve earned a penalty had he not headed home; Phil Bardsley was hugging him like a cheap suit.

Marko Arnautovic had a shot deflect wide of the goal soon after, and Charlie Adam hammered a shot off the right post in the 23rd minute.

Then Arnautovic rounded Lukasz Fabianski before passing the ball off the left post. Swans would soon run out of fingers to count their blessings.

That’s not to say the Welsh side had no chances, as Routledge forced Lee Grant into a tremendous save in the 43rd minute. The corner was wasted, though, and we went to halftime level at 1.

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Stoke went ahead through Sobhi, the exciting Egyptian winger who worked the left side of the box before drawing a shot across goal that Swans’ center back Alfie Mawson pushed over his own line. It seems destined to be an own goal.

Arnautovic slipped Joe Allen through on Fabianski in the 73rd minute, and Allen pushed his own rebound to Bony for a headed finish.

Swansea should’ve had a penalty kick when Routledge was slammed down by Erik Pieters inside the 18. No luck for Bradley and Swans on a rough night in Stoke.