THE Sun newspaper has publicly apologised for an article published last month in which it claimed Steve Bruce has been involved in race rows.
In a story about criticism of the Black Cats boss from Sunderland player Marcos Angeleri, the national newspaper claimed that Bruce was caught in his second race storm of recent months.
The first race row they suggested was Aston Villa boss Gerard Houllier’s suggestion that Steve Bruce’s anger at Houllier’s conduct over Darren Bent’s defection to the West Midlands club might have something to do with the fact that he was French.
The article incensed Bruce and the club and the unusual step was taken of banning the Sun from Press conferences and Sunderland games until the club had a satisfactory response.
The Sun has now printed an apology for the article and sent a letter of apology to Bruce, which the manager has accepted.
He said: “I found the article really insulting and I was very angry about it. It was unfair, untrue and extremely damaging to me to suggest I’m in any way racist.
“We’re in the middle of a bad run of results right now and I’m getting criticism which I both expect and accept. It’s part of the job.
“If you go into football management you have to accept that it’s part of the job for you to be criticised. I’ve got no problems with that at all.
“But what I do have a problem with is the accusation that I’m a racist – I found that obscene. Thankfully, though, they’ve issued an apology and I’m prepared to accept that.
“So as far as I’m concerned, that’s the end of it.”