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Liverpool boss Benitez: Bruce started it!

Sunderland boss Steve Bruce dismissed his touchline clash with Rafa Benitez after victory over Liverpool.

Bruce became embroiled in a furious touchline debate with Benitez when the Spaniard apparently complained about the length of time for which Kenwyne Jones was treated on the pitch.

However, Bruce had calmed down by the time he conducted his post-match press conference.

Bruce said: "It was handbags. It's all over, it's done. You do things in the heat of the moment which, when you look back at it, you think, 'Maybe I shouldn't have done that', but there you go."

Benitez gave his point of view, and suggested Bruce had inflamed the situation.

The Liverpool boss said: "I didn't have any argument with him [Bruce]. I was just asking for time because three or four times they were on the ground - in 10 minutes, three or four times, the game was stopped.

"I was talking with the fourth official and he [Bruce] was coming and he wanted to argue with me. I was surprised because I was talking with the fourth official about the time."



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