Newcastle fans have taken to Twitter to react after some 38-second footage emerged of Steve Bruce explaining his clash with Matt Ritchie.
The Magpies boss said that the Scotland international apologised to him in front of club staff as well as his teammates, and the incident has now been forgotten.
Bruce also claimed that things like this happen on a regular basis, but on this occasion, it just happened to be leaked to the press.
The 60-year-old added that it was unfortunate to see the incident ‘regurgitated’ in a national newspaper.
While there can be some shred of comfort to take in the fact that there was at least some closure to the incident, there have been more worrying reports.
According to the Daily Mail, Newcastle’s players have been alarmed at how much time they’ve been given off in the build-up to what is arguably the club’s most important game in years.
The Magpies face a crucial relegation six-pointer against West Brom on Sunday, but haven’t trained on three of the five days since the 1-1 draw against Wolves.
In our view, that is truly baffling.
Aside from that, let’s take a look at how the Newcastle fans reacted to the footage of Bruce explaining his clash with Ritchie…
Forgotten about, but we will ban @CraigHope_DM from the club and conduct a witch hunt! The man is unbelievable! Hanging on for his payout, regardless of the position and future of “The club he loves”— Johny Golightly (@johnyg14) March 5, 2021
"these things happen" – not exactly encouraging words like.— Dan Hall (@TheDanHall) March 5, 2021
Why doesn’t he apologise for creating the whole situation himself?— Richard Wilkinson (@wilky2k12) March 5, 2021
Yeah I read last week klopp barging Salah, ole barging rashford the week before….its happening up and down country every week with other clubs— garry pattinson (@GMuscles) March 5, 2021
Surely if it 'happens on a regular basis' then you have a problem you need to solve?! https://t.co/cfvGHyDF2Z— Greg Paterson (@GP) March 5, 2021
Resign https://t.co/Hc9kypPU6N— patch (@lpatch0) March 5, 2021