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Craig Brown lands punch as Motherwell exit Europe

Motherwell manager Craig Brown realises his team is heading out
Motherwell manager Brown saw his side miss several good chances

Motherwell manager Craig Brown was in no mood to apologise for throwing a punch during an altercation in the Europa League defeat at home to Odense.

The 70-year-old Fir Park boss was spoken to by police after a clash with a visiting director, Kim Brink.

"We had a wee bit of a disagreement, putting it euphemistically," said Brown. "I got a shove and I had a retaliatory punch.

"I don't want to get messed about and I wasn't going to be messed about."

The incident took place when Motherwell were awarded a penalty late in the 1-0 home defeat, which saw the Danes progress 3-1 on aggregate.

Brink was seen to barge into Brown, sending the former Scotland manager off balance.

Brown added: "The police have spoken to us. I think it was their sporting director that got a bit carried away.

"I don't know why but he came to our dugout. I think he was a bit displeased.

"I'm a calm guy but if anyone is old enough to remember when I played the game, I was accused of being quite aggressive.

"The police spoke to me and they spoke to him afterwards. They are taking no further action and he has apologised, he said it was uncharacteristic and the police thought it was not behaviour befitting a visiting official.

"They asked me if I wanted to take the thing any further and I said no. It wasn't a big deal, it was handbags."

Peter Utaka put the Danes ahead on 28 minutes to and, despite Motherwell pressure and two red cards, the visitors held on to go through.

"It's particularly disappointing to end that way in front of our own fans," said Brown.

"They took their only chance. We bombarded them but couldn't get the goal. We had a valiant attempt."

Motherwell spurned a fabulous late chance to draw level on the night at Fir Park, watched by a crowd of 9,105, when Anders Moller Christensen handled the ball in the box and was sent off, joining Espen Ruud who had been red carded 10 minutes earlier.


However, Jamie Murphy, often the goal hero for the Steelmen, could not find the net with the resultant penalty kick.

Brown said: "As soon as we missed the penalty, I felt it was gone. I feel sorry for Jamie Murphy. He has been a key player in the progress we have made in this Europa League. He has scored some vital goals for us.

"The penalty was probably the easiest chance, but it hit the post and that was our last chance gone, effectively.

"Had that gone in it would have made the score respectable. In fact, we might have got into extra time."

Brown was philosophical about his team's inability to make their pressure in the match count.

"We just narrowly failed to get to the group stages. But failure's failure," he said.

"We have a goalkeeper who has not had a save in the game.

"We created a number of good chances, we forced them into rash tackles, we were the fitter team at the end.

"They came and they did the job that they intended to do and I've got to give them credit for that.

"We feel quite upset because we had a very good support here tonight and we were so desperate to please them, but that's what happens in football."

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Motherwell 0-1 Odense (agg 1-3)
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Odense BK 2-1 Motherwell
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