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VIDEO: Ben Pearson lashes out at James McClean after getting slammed down in off-the-ball incident

Ben Pearson lashes out at James McClean after getting slammed down in off-the-ball incident during last night’s clash between Stoke and Preston.

It came in a feisty encounter which saw the Potters worsen their terrible form after they were beaten 2-0 by Alex Neil’s high flying side to leave them just above the Championship relegation zone.

One controversial incident in this match that could have ended in a red card for Stoke’s McClean.

After a short scuffle, McClean came from behind Ben Pearson and slammed him to the ground. Pearson got up and wanted to retaliate, but he couldn’t get near McClean.

It was an obvious off-the-ball foul, but the referee decided to give the yellow card to McClean and Pearson.

A weird decision as Stoke lost despite keeping McClean on the pitch.

Here is the same incident but from another camera angle…

Preston’s Alan Browne spoke on the incident after getting himself involved, he said: “I just tried to grab Pearo but there was about 15 players trying to grab him and he just probably wanted to get stuck in.

“He’s red mist for 90 minutes to be fair, he just plays the game like an animal but when something like that happens he doesn’t like it.

“I know he’s had a bit of history with James McClean in the past and they don’t particularly like each other, but it is what it is and you have to get on with it.

“When you’re at club football he’s not your team mate, obviously I’m good friends with him off the pitch but on it I don’t consider him a team mate.

“It’s a different mindset – that happens in football and it adds a bit of bite to the game, it’s just about getting out of there with 11 players and the three points.”

After seeing a video showing Ben Pearson lashes out at James McClean, fans gave their reaction, so much so that the Stoke player was trending on Twitter…

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