Bruce angered by refereeing in Hull loss

Hull City manager Steve Bruce pointed the finger at referee Chris Foy for not sending off Chelsea’s Gary Cahill, a moment which proved pivotal in the league leaders’ 2-0 victory over his side on Saturday, reports the Guardian.

Already a goal down thanks to Eden Hazard’s early header from Oscar’s pinpoint cross, Hull believed that Cahill – who had been booked for a hefty first half challenge on Sone Aluko – should have received a second yellow card for diving in the penalty area, but Foy opted not to do so.

The Tigers were made more aggrieved as Chelsea duo Willian and Diego Costa were cautioned by Foy for the same offense either side of that key incident, and as frustration grew among the visitors, Tom Huddlestone was dismissed for a poor tackle on Filipe Luis. Chelsea then sealed victory through Costa’s guided low finish.

And after the game, Bruce was incensed at the decision not to send off the England defender. “I’ve been asked if Cahill should have gone and the simple answer is yes,” he said. “Especially given the referee has booked two people for simulation or diving. The likes of Oscar, Hazard or Willian are running at pace so the smallest connection can bring them over, but this is England’s centre-half.

It could have been a red card, his first half challenge on Aluko. That was reckless and dangerous. But when you watch [the dive] over, it’s like something out of Swan Lake. It’s that blatant, that obvious what he’s trying to do.

“That was not a hard decision and you expect the referee to do his job. He was only 10 yards away. Tom, who is the most laidback person, is frustrated with the decisions and produced a horror challenge which deserves a red card. And yet there’s some excuse they’ll find for it.”

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