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Posted on March 28, 2017

A columnist for Birmingham Mail has condemned the sad story going around the media concerning the naming and shaming of Stoke City striker Saido Berahino.

The writer asked that the public stopped taking about the ban leaks but face the issue on ground which is the wrong doing of the professional player.

Berahino was not picked by the club as West Bromich Albion tried to cover his eight week ban by the Football Association for his use of “recreational drugs.”

Ross added that he suspected that the player was paid for even missing action due to his actions that brought shame to the club. He added that the actions of Berahino showed a lack of respect for the club that was spending a fortune of him. The player was reported to have come in late for training to the anger of his teammates.

Ross hinted that his anger that Stoke City would point fingers at the Albion for the leak of the news few days to when Berahino was supposed to line up against them in the Premier League. Ross advised that Stoke focus on chastising their player for his unprofessional conduct rather than complain. Ryan Shawcross also put West Brom on blast, accusing the club of having a hand in the leak as it made no sense that they covered it up very well but the news filtered just a few days to their clash.

Tony Pulis was scrutinized when he refused to play Berahino with the media not knowing that the club was trying to shield the scandal. Now the move seems justified though many still blame the club for going to those limits to protect the player. The club was likely avoiding the open blown scandal and PR issues.

West Brom defeated Stoke 1-0 as Berahino was booed throughout the match.