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Bruce labels FA panel 'kangaroo court'

Hull boss Steve Bruce has accused the Football Association of allowing George Boyd to be tried by a "kangaroo court'' after the winger's three-match ban for spitting was rejected by an independent disciplinary panel this week.

Joe Hart and George Boyd were involved in an angry confrontation.
Joe Hart and George Boyd were involved in an angry confrontation.

Bruce has maintained Boyd's absolute innocence over the affair following an incident with Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart in the second half of the Tigers' 2-0 Premier League defeat last Saturday. And he has called for an overhaul of the disciplinary system after claiming his club were given neither the time nor space to make a case for the defence in light of the initial FA charge on Wednesday evening.

Bruce said: "It's like a kangaroo court -- we don't know who sits on it or who is accountable for it. The problem is we can't go down and see anyone, we can't be represented on this commission and we don't know who sat on it.

"What we got was three referees on Monday morning saying that in their view he (Boyd) deliberately spat at him (Hart). We're totally disappointed and the whole system needs looking at. For me we don't get a fair hearing because George Boyd would never spit at anybody, but that's what he has been found guilty of and we are aggrieved over it.

"George feels so strongly about it that if there was legal action he could take he would take it, because they are accusing him of something that is not in his make-up at all.''

Bruce said Boyd's charge and subsequent ban had thrown his plans for Saturday's KC Stadium clash with West Brom into turmoil as Boyd was due to start the game after two impressive displays as a substitute.

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