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Sunderland boss Bruce fined after comments about referee Marriner

22 Feb 2010 18:00:55

Sunderland boss Bruce fined after comments about referee Marriner

Fined: Steve Bruce Steve Bruce has been fined £2,500 following his critical comments about thedismissal of defender Michael Turner in Sunderland's defeat at Manchester Cityin December. Bruce, who has also been asked to explain his comments after the game, duringwhich he described referee Andre Marriner's decision to send off the defenderfor an aerial challenge with Gareth Barry as 'obscene', 'a joke' and 'anoutrage'. And the Football Association have punished the 49-year-old with the fine, whilealso warning him as to his future conduct. An FA statement today read: 'At an Independent Regulatory Commission hearingtoday, Sunderland manager Steve Bruce was fined for improper conduct. 'The commission took into consideration Bruce's admission of the charge andhis previous exemplary record in relation to media comments.' Sunderland lost the match at Eastlands 4-3 and the club were quick to appealagainst the Turner decision, which came in the closing stages. However, the Black Cats' challenge to Turner's dismissal for catching theManchester City midfielder Barry with his elbow was dismissed - and the defenderhad a fourth game added to his automatic three-match ban because the FA felt 'the claim had no prospect of success'.  Sunderland boss Bruce targets £3.5m Portsmouth defender Marc WilsonUnder-fire Sunderland boss Bruce confident he has Black Cats backingSunderland manager Bruce charged for 'joke' jibe aimed at referee Marriner


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