Saturday 16 December 2017

Bruce vows to fight FA charge after cup exit

STEVE BRUCE watched Hull exit the League Cup on penalties and then confirmed he had been charged by the Football Association for his tirade against referee Michael Oliver at the weekend.

Tottenham edged into the last eight with an 8-7 penalty shootout win after the scores were tied at 2-2 following 120 minutes of absorbing action at White Hart Lane.

It was the second time Bruce had tasted defeat at the north London club in four days, with the last instance coming on Sunday when the Tigers lost 1-0, thanks to a controversial penalty given by Oliver.

The referee gave a spot-kick when Jan Vertonghen's cross cannoned off Ahmed Elmohamady's legs before striking the winger's arm.

Bruce railed at Oliver after the game, saying: "It was a joke decision.

"I have to ask the question, would we have got it? In my opinion, he (Oliver) couldn't wait to give it."

He has been charged by the FA for those comments, although he feels he did little wrong.

"I've been charged," Bruce said.

"Mike Riley (head of the Professional Game Match Officials Board) rang me on Monday morning, telling me they've made a huge mistake. What am I supposed to say?



"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."

Bruce claims Hull games are not officiated by the most high-profile referees.

"We don't get the big referees. Are we not as important as the big clubs?" he said. "Although I suppose Michael Oliver is supposed to be one of the top referees... but I can't seem to remember Howard Webb coming to Hull very often."

Spurs went ahead with a superb long-range strike from Gylfi Sigurdsson but were pegged back by a howler from Brad Friedel.

In extra-time Paul McShane gave Hull the advantage but Harry Kane took the game to penalties and Spurs came out on top.

Villas-Boas had complained about the Tottenham fans at White Hart Lane during Sunday's win, but he was happy with their support for the team.

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