Bruce charged over claims against 'joke' Tottenham penalty

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The former Manchester United defender has been fined £10,000 and warned about comment made in a post match interview.

There are many stories like the one below which crop up over the course of the season, where the managers of smaller clubs often accuse the bigger clubs of being treated more leniently.

Hull City manager Steve Bruce is the latest to be reprimanded for his post-match comments as he was handed a £10,000 fine after his side were defeated 1-0 at the hands of Tottenham Hotspur and Roberto Soldado's penalty.

The incident to which Bruce described at 'a joke' surrounded the 78th minute penalty at White Hart Lane on October 27, a cross by defender Jan Vertonghen was said to have struck Ahmed Al-Muhammadi on the hand, but the former Manchester United player felt there was no intent and his side were subsequently cheated of a point.

Whether you agree with Bruce or not and despite your thoughts on the initial decision, it must be noted that all Premier League officials are hot on this sort of thing at the moment and in the interest of the game it is one area in which referees and linesmen are focusing.Hull City manager Steve Bruce has been handed a £10,000 fine by the Football Association for his post-match comments after the 1-0 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur .

Bruce was formally charged with misconduct for saying: "It's a joke decision, we've got men in there that have been robbed.

"They are desperate to play in the Premier League but they are questioning it because of a joke decision. [Referee Michael Oliver] couldn't wait to give it.

"I shouldn't say this and I might get fined, but would we have got [the decision]? I'm not so sure."

As a result he was handed the fine from the FA this morning whilst being also warned about his future conduct.

A statement on the FA's official website read: "Hull City manager Steve Bruce has been fined £10,000 and warned as to his future conduct for post-match media comments he made which beached FA Rules.

"The charge, which Bruce admitted, was that his comments made after Hull’s match at Tottenham Hotspur on 27 October 2013 called into question the integrity of the match referee, and/or implied that the match referee was motivated by bias; and/or brought the game into disrepute."

The area is a grey one, I can recall numerous comments and incident when teams such as Manchester United and Arsenal have be accused of getting more favourable decisions at home, the truth is that these teams traditionally occupy the opposition half far more and so the chances are bound to come.

Football fans, does Steve Bruce have a point, are the smaller teams often the loser when a big decision is concerned.

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