The KC Stadium

Next Game

Hull City v Huddsf'ld

Saturday, 08 August 2015, 15:00

Sky Bet Ch'ship

Bruce defends ref comments

Hull boss Steve Bruce has defended the comments he made about referee Michael Oliver after he was charged for them by the Football Association.

Last Updated: 31/10/13 at 12:23 Post Comment

Steve Bruce: Charged by Football Association

Steve Bruce: Charged by Football Association

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

The FA confirmed on Thursday they had charged Bruce following remarks he made to the media after his side's 1-0 Premier League defeat at Tottenham.

Bruce was unhappy with the decision to award Spurs a penalty, which Roberto Soldado scored to give the home side the points.

Referee Michael Oliver adjudged that Ahmed Elmohamady had handled the ball in the box after the ball ricocheted off his legs and onto his arm - a decision Bruce branded a "joke", adding: "I have to ask the question, would we have got it? In my opinion, he (Oliver) couldn't wait to give it."

After Hull's second defeat to Spurs in the space of four days, in the Carling Cup on Wednesday, Bruce revealed he had already been informed he would be charged by referees chief Mike Riley, who also admitted to the former Sunderland boss that Oliver had made an error in awarding the spot kick.

"I've been charged," Bruce said. "Mike Riley rang me on Monday morning telling me they've made a huge mistake. What am I supposed to say?

"I thought the referee today was tremendous. We like to see what we've witnessed today and let's not lose that. What is the law and what is it supposed to be? I'll argue my case. It will cost me a few quid, but I'll do it."

A statement on the FA website read: "It is alleged Bruce's comments called into question the integrity of the match referee, and/or implied that the match referee was motivated by bias; and/or brought the game into disrepute, in contravention of Rule E3(1)."

Bruce has until 6pm on 4 November to respond to the charge.

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

Y

ou can't blame De Gea for wanting to leave, he has enough to do in front of goal as it is as well as taking on the role of Man Utd's version of Derek Acorah in trying to contact and organise a defence that isn't there.

rodger's gusset
Van Gaal downbeat on De Gea

I

f you want to take six points off Arsenal, then that's a great strike force. Can't imagine either of them showing much for the rest of the season though...

foot in mouth
Adebayor & Berbatov: You Have To Admire The Balls

L

ooks like Real get their man, most likely at their own valuation, yet again. Resistance is futile.

paul7702
Van Gaal downbeat on De Gea

Footer 365

West Brom reject approach from Aston Villa for Joleon Lescott

West Brom have rejected an approach from Aston Villa for central defender Joleon Lescott, according to reports.

Theo Walcott and Santi Cazorla sign new deals with Arsenal

Theo Walcott and Santi Cazorla have signed new contracts at Arsenal.

Lyon president rules out N'Jie to Spurs

Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has dismissed the prospect of Clinton N'Jie leaving the club this summer amid reports of a bid from Tottenham.

Mail Box

Neville Has It Wrong On Chelsea...

One Mailboxer says that the Neviller has it slightly wrong on Chelsea. Plus thoughts on sexy Saints, pre-season reviews, Connor Wickham and televised analysis...

De Gea Disrespectful? Remember RVP...

We got dozens of mails from people pointing and laughing at Brian D for suggesting David de Gea has acted disrespectfully; we printed some. And there's more...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company