Bruce will not contest FA charges

13 January 2010 03:37
Sunderland boss Steve Bruce has said he will not contest a Football Association charge of improper conduct but has requested a personal hearing.Bruce was charged over comments made about referee Andre Marriner following Michael Turner's red card in December's 4-3 defeat by Manchester City. [LNB]Bruce told the Sunderland Echo: "I have accepted the charge of disrepute and I have decided not to fight it. [LNB]"But I have asked to go down there to give my mitigation face-to-face." [LNB]Bruce added: "Hopefully it will be worthwhile to at least explain things from my point of view." [LNB]The former Wigan boss was frustrated by the sending-off of defender Turner following a clash with City's Gareth Barry. [LNB]"The red was obscene. He'll miss three games unless the ref has the guts to rescind it," Bruce said after the game. [LNB]Sunderland appealed against Turner's ban but their case was dismissed and the suspension increased to four games. [LNB]The former Hull defender will serve the final instalment of his ban on Saturday when they face Chelsea.

Source: BBC_Sport