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'Grown men acting like a couple of children'

ESPN staff
March 3, 2015
Steve Bruce had to be restrained by officials and members of his coaching staff © Getty Images
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Sunderland manager Gus Poyet says he has "no regrets whatsoever" after being sent off during his side's draw at Hull, while counterpart Steve Bruce admitted they had both acted like "a couple of children" following a touchline altercation.

The pair clashed after Poyet had been sent off by referee Mike Dean, with Hull leading 1-0 at the time. The Uruguayan walked over shake hands with Bruce, who then had to be restrained by officials after appearing to react angrily.

Poyet's sending off came as a result of an on-pitch incident involving Jack Rodwell, who had just been cautioned for simulation. Poyet believed Sunderland should have been awarded a penalty, while Bruce claimed Rodwell dived.

"I was sent off for kicking the bucket," Poyet told BBC's Match of the Day after his side's draw at the KC Stadium. "The bottles coming out of the bucket didn't help me.

"I know it doesn't look good but it's nothing to worry about. I prefer that than saying something I would regret. I'm old fashioned. What happens on the pitch stays on the pitch. There are no problems for me at all."

He added: "In football things happen. I have to convince the officials not to put any buckets of drinks around me. I have no regrets whatsoever."

Hull manager Bruce said: "The big contentious issue is Jack Rodwell running through and then from where I was standing he dived and the referee called it right.

"From Gus's reaction he thought it was wrong. You have to ask him why he came over to myself. I don't know what I was supposed to have done.

"These things happen in the heat of the moment. Grown men acting like a couple of children. They happen in big games. I don't mind being accused. I suppose I'm not flavour of the month. Let's go and have a glass of red."

Dame N'Doye's smart finish gave Hull a first-half lead before Rodwell earned his side a share of the spoils with a late header.

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