Steve Bruce jokes he'll buy assistant referee a beer after Gus Poyet altercation

Bruce and Poyet provided the main talking point in the 1-1 draw at the KC Stadium.

Hull City manager Steve Bruce has joked he would have to buy assistant referee Stuart Burt a beer after holding him back from confronting Gus Poyet.

The altercation between Bruce and the Sunderland manager was the main talking point as the two sides played out a 1-1 draw at the KC Stadium, which keeps them in the fight to avoid relegation. 

Bruce is quoted in the Hull Daily Mail, saying: "I thank him. I'll have to buy him a beer. I'm a big heavyweight and he's a lightweight to be fair. I think he was exhausted trying to hold me back!"

Poyet was sent to the stands, with the incident providing echoes of an incident with Alan Pardew when he managed Newcastle United, and ended up head-butting Hull's David Meyler last season.  

Bruce described the incident as 'handbags' and seemed to regret it when talking to reporters after the game, with the altercation taking place after the Hull manager thought Jack Rodwell had taken a dive to try and win a penalty - with the former Manchester City and Everton midfielder receiving a booking for simulation.

The Tigers boss added: "I think Gus had seen it differently, but Jack Rodwell had dived to gain an advantage.

"By his reaction to that he must have seen it the other way. We'll both regret it in the morning and we'll get on with our lives."

Both managers seem to have downplayed their actions. Though it could make for great television, the two bosses will want to avoid a repeat as some will say it doesn't create the best image for the game.

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