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Bruce, the Hull City manager, and Sunderland counterpart Poyet will face punishment after their touchline spat during Tuesday night’s 1-1 draw at the KC Stadium.

Bruce, the Hull City manager, and Sunderland counterpart Poyet will face punishment after their touchline spat during Tuesday night’s 1-1 draw at the KC Stadium.

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Bruce, the Hull City manager, and Sunderland counterpart Poyet will face punishment after their touchline spat during Tuesday night’s 1-1 draw at the KC Stadium.

Steve Bruce and Gus Poyet are both set to be charged with misconduct by the English FA.

Bruce, the Hull City manager, and Sunderland counterpart Poyet will face punishment after their touchline spat during Tuesday night's 1-1 draw at the KC Stadium.

Poyet was sent to the stands after kicking over a cooler box and then confronting Bruce, sarcastically applauding in his face, before the managers were pulled away by the assistant referee.

Referee Mike Dean has noted the incident in his match report and the FA is expected to announce their verdict this morning. A fine is likely for both managers and while they could also be reminded of their responsibilities, the FA is content that Dean dealt with the row on the night.

Poyet and Bruce, the former Sunderland manager, are understood to have spoken amicably after the game. The flashpoint came in the second half after Jack Rodwell was booked for simulation, prompting Poyet's reaction.

Bruce later described the incident as "grown men acting like children" but reacted furiously to a comment from the Uruguayan. He said: "I think it's right that I keep what he said to myself, but it wasn't very pleasant. I don't know why I reacted like that. We all do stupid things but it was handbags. These things happen in the heat of the moment."

Sunderland are also facing a fine from the FA after six of their players were booked in the game, including Lee Cattermole who will now serve a two-match ban after picking up ten cautions this season. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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