Hughes vents fury at Clattenburg

Hughes was incensed that Craig Bellamy was sent off for two yellow

cards in the thrilling 3-3 draw, with the second caution given for

simulation following a challenge by Paul Robinson. Bellamy had

earlier been booked after objecting to Bolton’s third goal, though

many in the stadium missed the decision. Hughes said: “The decision

to send Craig off was laughable. It is quite clear the guy

(Robinson) has taken him out. “Craig is running at full pelt and

has knocked the ball past him. But for some reason Mr Clattenburg

thought Craig was looking to deceive him and decided to send him

off. “Paul Robinson has made out he has dived as he doesn’t want to

be booked himself. That is quite a natural reaction, that’s what

happens. “Everyone in the stadium seemed to be mystified for quite

some time. Apparently he had booked him after the third goal for

dissent. “Craig was frustrated about the throw in for the goal. It

wasn’t just him, a number of players questioned that decision at

the time. “He felt he had to book Craig. To give a second yellow

for what has happened and send the guy off, a few questions have to

be asked.” Even Bolton manager Gary Megson thought Clattenburg had

got it wrong in dismissing Bellamy. Megson said: “I thought it was

a bit harsh. He did not seem to be looking for it as he has gone

past our full-back.I did not realise he had been booked earlier. “I

knew Craig when he was a young lad at Norwich. He has not changed.

He is still fiery as well as being a marvellous player.” Carlos

Tevez secured a point for City with his second goal of the game

with Ivan Klasnic scored a brace for Bolton. Gary Cahill, for the

home side, and City defender Micah Richards were also on target in

a rousing encounter. Hughes, meanwhile, went on to question

Clattenburg’s overall performance and attitude. He said: “My

assistant manager (Mark Bowen) has knocked on the referee’s door

and wasn’t too impressed by what was said and the excuses given.

“We are really frustrated with his performance and the performance

of the other officials. The first goal is clearly offside. Why the

hell they found it difficult to get that one right I have no idea.

“I also don’t appreciate when the referees coming out for the

second half start making comment about who they do or do not like

in my team. They might be having a laugh and a joke. I have to be

careful here as we are talking about integrity.”