Charlie Adam had to field accusations that he has it in for Tottenham Hotspur after a studs-up challenge on Paulinho led to the Brazilian succumbing to injury when Spurs defeated Stoke City by 3-0 on the last bill of Premier League matches in 2013.
Adam, of course, vehemently refuted the notion.
But the Spurs roster remained unconvinced, with Sandro leaving a light-hearted message intended for Adam on Twitter and Instagram indicating 'the beast is watching you'. Attached, was a photo of Sandro taken during Tottenham's Hallowe'en pranks a couple of months ago.
Stoke manager Mark Hughes does not believe there is a funny side and claims it could be worthy of a disrepute charge from the FA.
He told The Sentinel: 'We don't appreciate some of their [Tottenham] players Twittering on their own sites about 'Waiting for Charlie'. I think that has the potential for a disrepute charge in itself, so we'll see if that's responded to.'
On whether Adam has it in for Tottenham, Hughes added: 'Why would he? It doesn't make sense but there's a lot of good players who couldn't tackle.'
This is the photograph that appears to have offended Hughes:
image: © simonw92