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Saturday 16 December 2017

Chris accepts apology

Chris Hughton
Chris Hughton

Brighton manager Chris Hughton has accepted an apology from Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp after initially not shaking hands following the Reds' 5-1 Premier League victory at the Amex Stadium.

It was the first time the Seagulls had been on the end of a heavy defeat following what has generally been a determined return to top-flight action after an absence of some 34 years.

With emotions running high on both sides, Klopp appeared to briefly snub the Brighton manager as he was approached for a handshake following the final whistle, which led to a heated response from Hughton. Klopp, though, has subsequently moved to clear up the "misunderstanding", which he said occurred because "(Liverpool forward) Mo Salah passed my way and I gave him a hug".

Hughton was asked for his take on the issue when speaking at a press conference ahead of tomorrow's Premier League match at Huddersfield, and the Brighton boss also looked to draw a line under the matter.

"Credit to Jurgen, he came looking for me afterwards, I was doing the press at the time. I've heard his comments and I very much believe his comments," Hughton said. "Certainly what you don't want to do is take the emotions out of the game."

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