Hunt said: "The only thing that happened with the players was that he was treated with respect. I don't know where this business of him being held down on the ground by two players came from, that's stupid.
"He's got his own problems and he's got to deal with it, but only Stephen Ireland can deal with it. We've all had hard childhoods and he has to be a man. He's playing in the big boys' world now and it's difficult."