Premier League - Jones to pay for damaging Whelan's car

Stoke striker Kenwyne Jones has apologised to team-mate Glenn Whelan after smashing his car windscreen in a mistaken act of retribution for a training-ground prank which went wrong.

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Premier League - Jones to pay for damaging Whelan's car
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A pig's head was reportedly left in Kenwyne Jones' locker

Jones revealed he had spoken to team-mates on Saturday, including Whelan, after he found a pig's head wrapped in his clothes at the club's training ground on Friday. The 28-year-old reacted by smashing Whelan's windscreen, but he was left to apologise and offer to pay for the damage after the Republic of Ireland international insisted he was not involved in the prank.

Addressing the issue on his Twitter page, Jones wrote: "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."

He added: "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 (sic) myself and whelan had our thrash out and he said it wasn't him so I apologised and I'm 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. That's final no more comments."

Stoke revealed on Friday they will investigate the matter but they 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, with Jones revealing the culprit was still yet to come forward.

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