Bruce fumes as Hull lose players to ‘horrible tackles’

Hull boss Steve Bruce is angry that tackles that went unpunished last weekend against Everton leave him with a depleted squad for a trip to Tottenham.
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Hull boss Steve Bruce is angry that tackles that went unpunished last weekend against Everton leave him with a depleted squad for a trip to Tottenham.

"I know how difficult it is for referees and linesmen and the last thing I want to do is complain about the referees...but the big decisions went against us last week. They were two horrible tackles," Bruce said.

"I know how difficult it is for referees and linesmen and the last thing I want to do is complain about the referees...but the big decisions went against us last week. They were two horrible tackles."

"There should have been a red card. End of story. The challenge on (Sone) Aluko was reckless, dangerous and could have really injured him.

"In that respect we expect referees to do their jobs, especially in the Premier League.

"These lads are professional now, so to miss something like that concerns me. We could all miss an offside, it happens, but a tackle like that when you're 12 yards away? I was 30 yards away and I was incensed.

"(Danny) Graham could have been out for three of four months, not weeks, so we have to stamp that out. But the tackle on Aluko, that's the one that really does break people's legs and does them damage for more than a couple of weeks.

"I can't see Graham being available for a few weeks and I don't think Aluko will play. His was a challenge he hasn't really recovered from, but thankfully he's not too badly injured."

Bruce also suggested that Hull may not be getting decisions that the top clubs seem to get.

"Let me tell you, if it had been a Manchester United player or a Manchester City player (being tackled) there would have been a different reaction to the one we got," he said.

"We accept that, we're a small club in the Premier League punching above our weight. Is there a bias? I just think the big clubs have bigger support, make bigger noise, challenge the referee for everything. Let's just hope from now we get a fair crack of the whip."

 
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