Sheffield United manager Neil Warnock accepted that he deserved to be sent to the stands during his side's 3-1 defeat at Reading.
Warnock was involved in an amazing set-to with Royals number two Wally Downes, with both men ordered from the dugouts by referee Mark Halsey, shortly after Keith Gillespie was red-carded for united.
"Wally gets a bit carried away, but he was trying to say I'm telling people to break legs and that was not the case," Warnock said after the dust had settled.
"I lifted my foot and told Mark Halsey that Steve Sidwell's foul on Chris Armstrong was the worst in the whole game.
"He sent us both off for adopting an aggressive attitude and to be honest I don't think he had much choice. It was the only way to calm things down.
"The last time I was here I got sent off and sometimes your reputation goes before you. People accuse you without all the facts, but one person I'm glad who heard me was the referee.
"I don't have a problem with Steve Coppell, but I do have a problem with Wally."