HULL CITY boss Steve Bruce has mounted a strong defence of Ireland international David Meyler following the Corkman's highly-publicised clash with Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew on Saturday, Bruce stating that his side were "outraged" by Pardew's behaviour.
And Meyler's team-mate with club and country, Shane Long, has also backed his fellow Munster man, saying Meyler was a "tough lad".
Pardew, who has been fined £100,000 by Newcastle, is facing a lengthy English FA ban and also a six-figure fine after he came up against Meyler during Newcastle's 4-1 win over the Tigers, the Newcastle coach later apologising for the headbutt incident which saw him sent to the stands.
A number of figures in the game have praised Meyler's reaction to the incident and his club boss was pleased with how Meyler conducted himself.
"I would see most roll around the floor in agony, David didn't. He handled himself impeccably," said Bruce.
"He restrained himself. He was desperate to get after the ball, Alan steps in his way and there's a tussle. After that it's there for everyone to see.
"I won't let it become a distraction. As far as we're concerned it's over for us. We accept his apology.
"I'm sure there will be huge ramifications and rightly so. I'm not going to shy away from that.
"I've never seen anything like it but we'll let the FA and powers-that-be deal with it.
"We're obviously outraged that the incident has happened and it's a good job Meyler didn't react in the way most people would have done. Then Alan would have been in big trouble," added Bruce.
Meyler has so far remained silent on the matter but Long has come out in praise of the midfielder.
"I don't think Meyler done much wrong, I couldn't believe what I was seeing to be fair. I'm sure it will look after itself. I don't really have an opinion but did I think it was wrong? Yeah," said Long.
"We were getting frustrated, we were 3-1 down at that stage and it took us back, you don't expect to see it.
"You could tell he (Pardew) was regretting it straight away. Straight away after he did it he regretted it. He didn't leave a mark on Meyler, though, he's a tough lad."