West Ham coach Steve Clarke, has hit out at the criticism aimed at Herita Ilunga.
The Congolese defender found himself accused of overreacting by the Black Cats, in an incident with Kenwyne Jones which saw the Sunderland man sent off.
Both Steve Bruce and Lorik Cana have both accused Ilunga of making a meal out of the incident; a claim that Clarke believes is totally out of line, especially as Ilunga was in fact the victim of this piece.
“I find it incredible that a player who was the victim is the person everyone is talking about. Tell me what Ilunga did wrong? Someone pushed him in the face. He’d just recently recovered from a triple fracture to the jaw – maybe he thought there was a punch coming.
“It was wrong of Steve Bruce to comment on our players. I find it incredible we are here talking about our player, when he was the victim. This is wrong, it’s completely wrong. There was no over-reaction; he has to protect himself. He’s a big boy, Kenwyne Jones.” (Guardian)