Ilunga's antics infuriate Bruce

01 November 2009 11:27
West Ham United defender Herita Ilunga's antics infuriated Sunderland manager Steve Bruce during Saturday's 2-2 draw between the two teams. Kenwyne Jones saw red at the Stadium of Light in first-half stoppage time for striking Ilunga, but Bruce thought the Hammers star made too much of the incident, as he fell to the ground clutching his face. Bruce said: "Kenwyne was wrong, I can't defend him. He's pushed him. That's all it is. "Then I see the play-acting and then the medical people running on with an ice pack on an eye injury as if he's got a cut eye and there's nothing there. It's all just a ploy. "I think there was Big Sam's (Sam Allardyce) quote in the week that if we're not careful we're going to turn it into a game for pansies. "The referee has got a decision to make but I have to say Ilunga's play-acting left a lot to be desired. "Whoever it was with the ice swab, he pulled it away and I was looking for a big gash of an inch-and-a-half, I was looking to see if there was a bump. There wasn't even a bruise. "The one thing that we don't want to see is what goes on around the world, all this diving nonsense. We want to see a spectacle and we got one, but let's not take away what everybody wants to see. "They don't want to see this play-acting and trying to kid everybody. "He pushed him in the chest. To go on like Ilunga's gone down, I would have been embarrassed. "I would have smacked my kids' backsides if they had have done anything like that when they were playing football.

Source: ESA