Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Unhappy Bruce Gets Personal; Boss Bids to Stay on Touchline

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Unhappy Bruce Gets Personal; Boss Bids to Stay on Touchline

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Byline: JAMES HUNTER

STEVE BRUCE will request a personal hearing for his FA misconduct charge this month in the hope of avoiding a touchline ban.

The Black Cats boss intends to plead his case in front of a disciplinary commission after being charged following his comments concerning referee Andre Marriner in the wake of Sunderland's 4-3 defeat at Manchester City before Christmas.

Bruce was furious with the official after he ses nt off defender Michael Turner in injury time for elbowing City's Gareth Barry as the pair challenged for a header - a challenge that Bruce was convinced was fair, with any contact between the pair accidental.

In his post-match Press conference, Bruce called the decision an 'outrage', but it was an inference by Bruce that Marriner bore a grudge against him because he had complained about him earlier in the season that prompted the FA to charge him with improper conduct.

Back in October, Marriner sent off Sunderland's Kenwyne Jones for violent conduct after he pushed West Ham's Herita Ilunga to the ground at the Stadium of Light. Bruce felt that Ilunga made a meal of the incident and his theatrics ensured Jones saw red.

Bruce complained to referees' chief Keith Hackett about Marriner's decision, but received no reply. So when Marriner controversially sent off Turner at Eastlands, Bruce was incandescent.

The red card meant Turner was banned for three games and, to make matters worse, that ban was increased to four games after Sunderland's appeal was rejected by the FA. …

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