Bruce: Ireland should have been sent off
STEVE Bruce has waded into Stephen Ireland and claimed that the Stoke midfielder should have been red-carded himself long before his leg was ripped open by the flailing boot of Maynor Figueroa
Despite graphic pictures of the gash in Ireland's leg (pictured left) caused by a wild challenge from Figuero during Stokes' Premier League clash with Hull, Bruce was unapologetic.
"Let me tell you, Stephen Ireland committed the worst challenge on the pitch on Davd Meyler. He shouldn't have been on the pitch if the referee had done his job.
"I could show you a picture of Figueroa's ankle, he had five stitches in it and carried on. Nobody wants to see a cut or an injury as bad as Stephen Ireland had but unfortunately it happens. Everybody is wearing blades and he's kicked the ball and followed through and unfortunately has caught his leg.
"At the time nobody went to the referee, he didn't award a free-kick - it wasn't a free-kick but one of those horrible ones where he's followed through and caught the boy on the calf calf rather than planted the boot on him."