Bruce charged by FA following outburst at referee

English football's governing body has taken action against the Tigers boss for the comments that he made after his side's defeat to Spurs on Sunday afternoon

Hull City manager Steve Bruce has been charged by the Football Association for comments made following Sunday's defeat at Tottenham.

Bruce was left enraged when referee Michael Oliver penalised Ahmed Elmohamady for a handball, with Roberto Soldado making no mistake from the resulting penalty at White Hart Lane to score the only goal of the game.

"It's a joke decision," Bruce seethed after the match.

"I shouldn't say this and I might get fined, but would we have got it? I'm not so sure."

The FA have started disciplinary action against the 52-year-old, as a statement on the governing body's website read: "It is alleged Bruce’s comments called into question the integrity of the match referee, and/or implied that the match referee was motivated by bias; and/or brought the game into disrepute, in contravention of Rule E3(1).

"Bruce has until 6pm on November 4 to respond to the charge."

Hull also played Tottenham in the Capital One Cup on Wednesday, again slipping to defeat.

After a 2-2 draw in extra time, Elmohamady was again at the centre of things, missing the crucial penalty as Spurs triumphed 8-7 in the shootout.