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Birmingham boss Bruce apologises to ref

Birmingham boss Steve Bruce has apologised to referee Mark Halsey and admitted the official was correct in awarding a penalty against his side in the defeat to West Ham last weekend.

Bruce hit out at Halsey after Blues keeper Colin Doyle was adjudged to have brought down West Ham striker Craig Bellamy for a penalty which was converted by Mark Noble for a 1-0 win.

After reviewing the incident Bruce has accepted he was wrong and he has made his apologies to Halsey

Bruce said: "To be fair last week, I said the referee was wrong - but I was wrong. It was a penalty.

"Straight after games you sometimes say things about incidents and then you look at them again and analyse them more - and it was a penalty.

"I do apologise to the referee and his assistant. I gave him (Halsey) a hard time last week and he didn't deserve it. In my opinion it was a penalty."

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