Premier League - Hull sorry for Bullard-Barmby spat

Eurosport - Fri, 12 Mar 15:21:00 2010

Hull boss Phil Brown has apologised after two of his players fought during a training session - in full view of a Women's Institute rally.

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Newspapers reported that midfielders Nick Barmby and Jimmy Bullard - both popular, senior players - came to blows during a warm-down session on a local park.

Such incidents are commonplace on the training ground, but Brown admitted it was "unsavoury" for the women watching on.

"I'd like to apologise to the Women's Institute, I didn't realise there was a rally going on there and there was apparently 50-100 women going on a march across the Humber Bridge and the incident was unsavoury, it was unfortunate," Brown admitted.

"It happens on the training ground on a regular basis, under the control of the club, but it seems to have got out this time.

"The players have settled their differences now, it was back to normal on Tuesday and they are getting on with the job in hand which is obviously the challenge of 10 games in the Premier League."

Brown added that the flared tempers showed commitment to the cause.

"It's a sign that they care. Nick Barmby has obviously got himself involved with Jimmy Bullard. They are big players where we are concerned and I'm looking forward to the response of the group and of the two players in question.

"We'll get on with it and deal with it. At the end of the day it has made headlines, because outside of the confines of the training ground we weren't expecting it to be swept under the carpet. We're big boys, we stand by our behaviour and have shaken hands and will get on with it.

"There are no fractures within the squad. This squad is united."

Another senior Hull midfielder, George Boateng, joked: "I'm sorry because I missed it, I wasn't there. I would have paid to watch it!"


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