Steve Bruce had no complaints after midfielder Tom Huddlestone was sent off in Hull City’s 0-0 draw at Leicester City in the Premier League.
Huddlestone’s red card saw the midfielder dismissed for the second time this season after being booked in each half.
But Bruce was indignant about two decisions that immediately preceded the midfielder’s dismissal.
Both Alex Bruce and Michael Dawson were cautioned for what their manager took to be fair challenges, leaving the Tigers boss to question the conduct of the Leicester players.
He stepped back from aiming too much vitriol at the opposition, but carefully referenced the midweek antics of Chelsea against Paris St Germain.
“I’ve got no problem with Huddlestone’s two yellow cards, but is every challenge now a yellow if you mis-time it?” he said.
“It got a bit angry towards the end, but for me the referee booked my two centre-backs for (fair) challenges.
“There’s a raging debate about Chelsea in midweek and if we’re not careful...I saw everyone surround Alex for a red card for his challenge.
“There wasn’t a nasty challenge in the game yet we’ve had five yellow cards and a sending off. I never saw that coming.
“The reason we enjoy the Premier League is its honesty and integrity and if we’re going to go down the route of every other league - jumping around and whinging and trying to get people yellow and red cards - for me that’s not right.”