Karl Robinson alleges Sunderland coach HEADBUTTED Oxford United goalkeeper in fiery League One clash April 3, 2021 – Posted in: Soccer

You’ll struggle to find a more lively encounter this Easter weekend than Sunderland’s League One clash against Oxford United.

There was certainly a lot of bad blood in this Good Friday clash which had red cards, a very out there celebration and an alleged headbutt in a fight down the tunnel at half time.

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It all started so well for the U’s at the Stadium of Light, who took the lead through James Henry but Lynden Gooch equalised just before the break.

Both sides have promotion ambitions and it was Sunderland who came out on top with second-half goals from Aiden McGeady and Max Power sealing a 3-1 win for them putting the Black Cats to within two points of an automatic promotion spot.

But that’s not even the half of it. There were two red cards for Oxford – Mark Sykes dismissed just after the hour mark, while Yellows boss Karl Robinson was sent to the stands for remonstrating with referee Trevor Kettle.

Power’s goal will be better remembered for the way it was celebrated – the Sunderland man travelling around 50 yards to knee slide in front of the Oxford bench as the victory was sealed.

Power slotted home the winner on the counter-attack

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Power slotted home the winner on the counter-attack

It sealed a vital three points for Sunderland and Power was understandably delighted

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It sealed a vital three points for Sunderland and Power was understandably delighted

And Power decided to rub it in the face of the Oxford bench, running 50 yards to do so

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And Power decided to rub it in the face of the Oxford bench, running 50 yards to do so

The celebrations may have been aimed at Robinson despite the fact he had already been sent off by then, but the former MK Dons and Charlton boss made some explosive claims at the end of the match.

Robinson alleges that Oxford goalkeeper Jack Stevens was headbutted by a Sunderland coach during a ‘massive brawl’ down the tunnel at half time.

It’s unlikely we’ve heard the last of this incident, with Robinson adding that the police were called to the Stadium of Light to investigate.

Robinson said: “It wasn’t alleging. My goalkeeper, he was headbutted at half time, there was a massive brawl in there.

Sykes was sent off with the match at 1-1

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Sykes was sent off with the match at 1-1

As was Robinson, who was dismissed shortly after Sunderland went 2-1 up

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As was Robinson, who was dismissed shortly after Sunderland went 2-1 up

“We have asked the police to come. Their players have seen it, our players have seen it. My player certainly felt it.

“But for some unknown reason there is no footage. Ironic here, isn’t it? They’ve had documentary cameras everywhere in the last few years.

“We will let the police deal with it. They have no cameras in the tunnel but their player saw it. Our goalkeeper will make a charge at the end of the game.

“I am furious. So many things I could say. We have to keep our dignity.”

Robinson refused to name the Sunderland coach who allegedly headbutted Stevens

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Robinson refused to name the Sunderland coach who allegedly headbutted Stevens

On his own sending off, Robinson said: “It was a good game of football spoiled. We stopped and had a player down and the ref had to see if our player was injured.

“I said it is a bleeping disgrace, do your bleeping job. No more than their bench was saying, but I got sent off.”

However, it’s fair to say Sunderland boss Lee Johnson sees things differently.

Johnson said: “He’s (Robinson) got to be careful, I’ll tell you that. There are always two sides to any story. Let me tell you, there was a lot of Oxford staff that didn’t come out of it smelling of roses, let’s just say that.

Johnson says he did not see the half time incident Robinson was talking about

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Johnson says he did not see the half time incident Robinson was talking about

“I didn’t see the first incident (at half-time), but I saw the second one and, for me, it was really stepping over the mark. So, I think there’s a bit of deflection in there from a few people.

“I want to draw a line under it now. For me, it’s a man’s game and we’ll crack on. It’s up to anybody else what they do, but I would be careful throwing out some of the things that I’ve heard.

“I didn’t see what happened at half-time. I was in the toilet, waiting for the boys in the dressing room wondering where everybody was. It was probably a good thing because I would have been like Scrappy Doo in there.

“Look, it happens all the time, especially in a condensed area. It was handbags a lot of it. It happened at the end as well, which is not ideal, and I think that one was provoked, to be honest with you.

“As a football club, I want us to act with class, but I also want us to look after each other when there’s moments.”

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