Parkinson: Disagreement Showed 'Passion of the Game'

  • August 23, 2017 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton boss Phil Parkinson played down his sending off against Sheffield Wednesday, insisting his reaction merely showed his 'passion'.

After reacting to a poor challenge by Owls midfielder Barry Bannan, Parkinson and his opposite number, Carlos Carvalhal, were ordered to the stands by match referee David Webb, where a further incident occurred between the visiting manager and a member of the stewarding team.

Parkinson has apologised for his actions, stating they were simply a natural reaction, whilst also refusing to be drawn on the fracas which ensued in the aftermath of the incident.

"It shows the passion of the game and how much we all wanted to win," Parkinson told BBC Radio Manchester.

"People talk about the cup but we want to win every week.

"Bannan for me has made a very dangerous tackle right in front of us and I've left the technical area by a couple of yards to have a go at him. Maybe I shouldn't do that but it is a natural reaction.

"Carlos has run from their dugout just to get involved. After that, the referee has sent us both to the stands.

"I haven't really concentrated on what was going on. Obviously there was as I could hear it, but I'll leave that for you to sort out."

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