Sunderland boss O'Neill: Meyer did not play-act

Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill is angry over claims David Meyler dived to have Stoke City defender Robert Huth sent off on Saturday.

Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill is angry over claims David Meyler dived to have Stoke City defender Robert Huth sent off on Saturday.

O'Neill - who did not see a replay of the incident until the following day - insists the official got it right.

He said: "First of all, I understand what Tony (Pulis) was saying from a general viewpoint because players do have a responsibility to try to keep fellow players on the field of play.

"I hadn't had a chance to see the incident until Sunday. I saw it and I still have exactly the same opinion, it's a reckless challenge.

"It's one that the referee sees very, very quickly and his opinion of it was my opinion at the time, that it was a red card.

"Now obviously, you can see he [Huth] has attempted to pull out at the end, but that's something the referee can't see in a split-second, and he still catches Meyler, and Meyler on the way down has hurt himself.

"This idea that Meyler feigned an injury - I'm sorry, I know David and David is as brave as they come.

"He has had two horrendous injuries himself that he is just recovering from, so from that viewpoint I think Tony is wrong.

"His general viewpoint about players having responsibility themselves to stop play-acting, I totally agree with that point, but not in this case with David Meyler."

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