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.

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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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