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Owen slams wage claims

14 December 2012 15:13

Michael Owen has hit back at reports claiming he has earned 7,000 pounds per minute of pitch time for Stoke City this season.

Reports published in The Sun on Friday claimed the former England international's 25,000-pound pro-rata pay agreement amounts to three times the salary of Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure - who is on a rumoured 220,000 pounds-a-week deal.

Owen has played just 53 minutes for Tony Pulis' side this campaign.

But, taking to Twitter, Owen dismissed the figures and slammed the report as 'rubbish', before condemning the principles of the British media as a whole.

"Another shocking article in today's papers," the forward tweeted.

"This time it's The Sun. Shouldn't be surprised but you would think they would at least get their facts right before feeding such rubbish to the public.

"My wage is heavily incentivised towards playing so contrary to all of the rubbish that is said and written about me, my wage is nothing like what is being reported.

"How they can make up figures and then write an article painting me in a negative way is shocking. No doubt our endearing press will get away with it and then move on to discredit somebody else."

Owen is out with a hamstring injury and is expected to miss the festive period for the Britannia Stadium club.

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