Sunderland manager Gus Poyet denies improper conduct following FA charge

Sunderland manager Gus Poyet has denied a conduct charge imposed by the English FA, following an incident in Sunderland’s 1-1 draw against Hull City that saw the Uruguayan coach sent to the stands, reports BBC Sport.

Poyet was sent off in the 35th minute after becoming embroiled in an altercation with Hull City manager Steve Bruce, that also saw him initially kick a bucket of water bottles. The Black Cats boss was incensed after midfielder Jack Rodwell was booked for diving, and took his frustration out in the dugout. Bruce had to be held back in the altercation, and was given a minor warning. The game finished 1-1, which did little to boost either side’s survival hopes, but the biggest talking point was the first-half bust-up.

The Sunderland manager has requested a personal hearing. After the game, he was tight-lipped in the post-match interview, suggesting that he wouldn’t divulge what was said between the two coaches. Bruce appeared somewhat embarrassed of the fracas between him and Poyet, and said the pair of managers acted like children. Normally a more composed boss on the touchline, the Hull City coach responded angrily after Poyet confronted him, but the details have not been divulged about what was said.

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