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Phil Brown apologises for Nick Barmby-Jimmy Bullard row


Players have settled differences - Brown

Hull boss Phil Brown has apologised for an apparent altercation between team-mates Jimmy Bullard and Nicky Barmby.

The pair were reportedly involved in a fracas by the Humber Bridge on the day after Sunday's 5-1 defeat at Everton.

The row was apparently witnessed by a large party from the Women's Institute and Brown said: "I'd like to apologise to them, the incident was unsavoury.

"I'm not condoning that kind of behaviour but it's an emotive game, it's a passionate game."

Hull are currently one place off the bottom in the Premier League having lost their last three matches.

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

Phil Brown

Barmby and Bullard had to be separated by other Hull players during the supposedly light training session and the whole saga was witnessed by around 50 startled onlookers from the WI.

Brown insists the row has been dealt with internally and added: "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.

"Emotions do run high and certainly then the pressure is cranked up as we are coming to the business end of the season.

"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."


Bullard, 31, who missed almost one-and-a-half years after suffering a cruciate knee ligament injury playing for Fulham in 2006, has only recently returned to the Hull side following a a knee injury in December.

Barmby, 36, joined his hometown club in 2004 and agreed a one-year extension last summer.

Brown said: "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."

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