Pompey boss bemoans 'stupid' rule

BY foxsports • December 14, 2009

The Frenchman was booked for removing his shirt and, having already been cautioned for a foul, was given his marching orders by referee Steve Bennett after snatching a point at the Stadium of Light with a 93rd-minute leveller. Grant said: "It's a silly red card - it's a silly rule, it's a stupid rule. If someone can explain this rule to me... "What happens if someone takes their shirt off? Does it damage someone, does it disturb someone, does it make someone angry? "I think someone one day woke up in the morning at FIFA and decided to change the rule. "A player scoring in the last minute, of course you need to control yourself, but I don't think even some of the supporters could control themselves. "Everybody was happy, everybody celebrated, so he took his shirt off. "He [Kaboul] apologised, Not many times I understand, but in this case, I understood. "You need to control yourself, but it's not easy sometimes. "All our bench celebrated and took their shirts off - if you see the belly of the kitman..." Kaboul, who dismissively turned down a proposed move to the Stadium of Light during Roy Keane's reign, struck three minutes into stoppage time after twice having gone close in a late flurry by the visitors. He fired home from the midst of a goalmouth scramble after the home defence had failed to deal with Jamie O'Hara's corner to spark wild celebrations on the sidelines and among the small band of travelling supporters. Kaboul responded by removing his shirt, and turned to find referee Bennett, who had earlier booked him for a foul on Darren Bent, waiting to issue him with a second yellow card and the inevitable red. Sunderland were left kicking themselves after dominating a game of indifferent quality for long periods, but failing to build upon Bent's 23rd-minute opener, his 10th goal of the season. Andy Reid hit the bar with an 80th-minute free-kick and Kenwyne Jones and Jordan Henderson had gone close before the break, and those misses were to prove costly. Coming a week after a 2-0 victory over Burnley, the draw increased optimism that bottom-of-the-table Pompey can dig themselves out of a hole. Grant said: "Not many times in my life have I been happy with a draw, but when you score in the last minutes, even a draw is good. "I must say we deserved it in the second half even if in the first half we didn't play so well." Sunderland boss Steve Bruce was left to bemoan a series of chances which went begging, and his side's failure to deal with the corner which led to Pompey's equaliser. The Black Cats have now won only one of their last seven Premier League games, and that has dented their bid for a top-half finish. Bruce said: "To play here in front of a big crowd, and expectant crowd, you have to have a certain mentality. "We have got to be bigger than the expectation and the groans because we didn't get the second one. "We have got to be able to take the ball and be confident, especially in the Premier League. "The away results, of course, put you under a little bit of pressure, but that's football. That's what it builds. "I think they had one shot on goal before they scored - I don't know how many attempts on target we had, but certainly we had enough to have killed the game off. "We go away and it feels like a defeat for us, the players, the supporters, everybody concerned. It's one of those horrible ones."