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McCarthy outraged by 'unacceptable' spitting

WOLVES right-back Richard Stearman has confirmed he was spat on by Wigan defender Antolin Alcaraz during his side's crucial 3-1 win at Molineux yesterday.

The incident occurred in the 83rd minute and sparked a brawl involving several players from each team.

Referee Lee Probert took no action and it was initially thought that Alcaraz had spat at Wolves centre-back Christophe Berra.

Stearman was reluctant to comment but admitted: "It wasn't Berra, but I don't think it's right for me to talk about it at the moment."

When he was asked if he was spat upon, he replied: "Yes, but I'm not going to speak about it.

"I can confirm it happened and that it was me rather than Berra. I'll let other people talk about it and let other people deal with it.

"I won't push for anything, it's one of those things -- but it's not nice."

Wolves boss Mick McCarthy was more forthcoming with his opinion on the alleged incident.

McCarthy said: "Spitting is taboo, if that's what happened. I only had it happen to me once and the player didn't come too close to me for a long time after that.

"If it has been shown, that is unacceptable behaviour and anyone here who was spat at would act. If that has happened, he shouldn't be doing it."


David Edwards, who scored Wolves second goal, added: "That is out of order. That shouldn't be brought into the game and hopefully he should be pulled up on that. I'm sure with the television footage as well, some sort of action should be taken."

Wigan boss Roberto Martinez said: "I haven't seen it yet (the replay). If that is the case, I'll look into it."

Wolves secured their first win in nine games thanks to goals from Jamie O'Hara, Edwards and Stephen Ward, with Ben Watson replying for the Latics.

McCarthy praised the reaction of the fans who had booed him during the last home game with Swansea.

He said: "What pleased me most was the reaction after we had taken the lead and then conceded a penalty. It was the great togetherness of the place. The crowd were brilliant."