Hull City boss Bruce blasts officials after Palace defeat

The 53-year-old manager was disappointed with the referee's decision to send off goalkeeper Allan McGregor, as well as his failure to award two first-half penalties
Steve Bruce slammed the officials after his Hull City side were beaten 1-0 by Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Tuesday.

The former Manchester United defender felt his team were denied two “blatant” penalties and also hit out at the referee’s decision to dismiss goalkeeper Alan McGregor for kicking out at Stuart O’Keefe in second-half injury time.

Hull ended the game with Tom Huddlestone in goal, but Bruce was unhappy with the dismissal and claimed McGregor had “every right” to lash out - as the challenge preceding the clash was “horrific.”

“I think we’ve got a blatant call for two penalties,” he blasted. “The two penalty incidents I’ve just seen, for me, the referee has got them wrong.

"I can’t say too much because I’ve just had to pay a fine of £10,000 a few weeks ago but to send the goalkeeper off, he’s said to me that he’s kicked him, but the challenge on McGregor is horrific.

“It’s over the top of the ball, he nearly lands on the top of his shin and McGregor tried to restrain himself. He’s thought about kicking him, this is what I’ve seen, he’s thought about kicking him and had every right to do so, and then restrained himself to make it innocuous.
“But the two penalties, on a night like tonight, in a big game, a big match, big stakes, I’m sorry it’s about time we got them up here to explain why they didn’t give them because both of them are blatant.”

Bruce also insisted the club would look to appeal the goalkeeper’s red card in a bid to rescue him from the automatic three-match ban that is currently set to be handed out by the FA.

“Well I’ve seen it once and I’ve looked at it and thought it was harsh," he added. “So when the mist settles I’ll have a look at it and, the way I’m thinking at the moment, yes we will appeal because obviously it’s a big call the referee has made.

“I’ve just seen it on the video and if that’s kicking someone then I’m sorry it’s not right.”

Bruce’s opposite number, Tony Pulis, refused to be drawn on the controversy.