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Jones issues apology to Whelan

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May 18, 2013 « Live County Championship coverage | Chartbeat test »
Kenwyne Jones apologised on Twitter for the incident © PA Photos
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Stoke City striker Kenwyne Jones has said sorry to team-mate Glenn Whelan after smashing his car windscreen with a brick in accusing him of leaving a pig's head wrapped in his clothes in his locker at the training ground.

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.

Jones posted a series of tweets which read: "First off for all the people saying thIs had anything to with racism I'm not endorsing that. Secondly i've apologised to glen whelan for the destruction of his property, for all the ppl that think I did micheal Owen's car I didn't.

"I just posted the pics of it , I was never involved in any of the pranks in the dressing room. So for all the people that think that the pigs head wrapped in my clothes was banter great so is the broken window.

"As far as tension in the squad there's nun myself and whelan had our thrash out and he said it wasnt him so I apologised n im paying for it. As for the person who did it no one has come fwd n apologised to me so I guess the joke was gd then.

"But as I said if you have the belly to take banter to that level be willing to accept the reaction. Thats final no more comments."

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.''

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