Old Trafford

Next Game

Man Utd v Hull City

Saturday, 29 November 2014, 15:00

Barclays Prem

The KC Stadium

Last Game

Hull City 1 - 2 Tottenham

Sunday, 23 November 2014, 16:00

Barclays Prem

Bruce: Penalty call 'a joke'

Steve Bruce was left baffled by the decision to award Tottenham Hotspur a late penalty which resulted in his Hull City going down 1-0 at White Hart Lane.

Last Updated: 28/10/13 at 07:44 Post Comment

Steve Bruce: Hull City boss could not understand the penalty given to Tottenham

Steve Bruce: Hull City boss could not understand the penalty given to Tottenham

The Tigers had performed well in stifling Spurs' attacking threat for much of the game before referee Michael Oliver gave a spot-kick to the hosts 10 minutes from time which was duly converted by Roberto Soldado.

The controversial call came after Jan Vertonghen's cross was adjudged to have been handled by Ahmed Elmohamady, but Bruce was left fuming at the call.

"It is an absolute joke decision," he said. "It hits his leg for a start and then goes up and hits his arm, how do you give a penalty in that situation?

"We have more directives and meetings and all this nonsense, they are all getting assessed up in the stands but then they give decisions like that which just baffles me and I have to ask the question, would we have got it?

"The disappointment I have is that I have lads playing today who are desperate to play in the Premier League.

"They are desperate to make a fist of it and they are now questioning themselves after Everton last week, where we got some decisions against us and today where, in my opinion, he couldn't wait to give it."

Bruce was seen remonstrating with Oliver at full-time but admitted any argument was futile and revealed Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas acknowledged it was a tough decision on Hull.

When asked if he had spoken to Oliver, Bruce replied: "After the game, but what difference does it make?

"It is the same old thing. He's ballsed it up. If my player made a decision like that I wouldn't be playing him next week and if I kept making decisions like that I would get the sack.

"He [Villas-Boas] absolutely, totally agreed. He is going to go and see it and know it is a soft one and in my opinion it is not right, not for the stakes we are playing for - a big game, at White Hart Lane and he has robbed the players of a well-earned point.

"We could get relegated by a point, you never know it is too early yet, but it is what it is."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

L

oved the article. i remember at school, after failing an exam, I would become obscenely secretly happy if I discover that others failed as well. Misery loves company...Now here is to hoping Chelsea joins the party and Stoke city wins the league...Cheers!

gabu
The Premier League: As Crazy As A Bag Of Snakes

C

haos reached its ultimate reckoning last weekend with Tony Hibbert looking assured at left back and Osman looking like a cultured ball playing midfielder before busting a gut to get to the back post for a Samuel Eto'o ball. Different chaos but chaos. If Kone scores the winner tonight I fear the world will end.

jelasfirsttouch
The Premier League: As Crazy As A Bag Of Snakes

A

beautiful demonstration of why stats mean diddly-squat in football.

cheshire-gooner
WhoScored's PL Team Of 2014 So Far...

Footer 365

Brandao jailed over headbutt on Motta

Brazilian striker Brandao jailed and fined 20,000 euros (£15,850) for headbutting Paris Saint-Germain's Thiago Motta.

Jack Wilshere has had ankle surgery and the Arsenal man will be out for around three months

Arsenal will be without Jack Wilshere for around three months after the midfielder underwent ankle surgery.

International football: England up seven places in latest FIFA rankings

England have jumped seven places to 13th place in the latest FIFA rankings following a six-match winning run.

Mail Box

Arsenal Fans Are Full Of Hope Again...

Arsenal fans have been sucked back into believing Wenger can bring the glory years back after beating Borussia Dortmund. Plus, more on Liverpool's worrying decline...

Makes Sense To Make Gerrard Liverpool Manager

That's the thoughts of one Mailboxer, who wants Jamie Carragher as defensive coach. Plus views on Arsenal, Malmo v Juventus, Alexis Sanchez & tremendous improvement...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property