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Poyet sent to the stand during Sunderland's 1-1 draw

Hull drew 1-1 with visiting Sunderland in another relegation tussle which saw Black Cats manager Gus Poyet sent to the stand following a first-half altercation with Tigers boss Steve Bruce.

Sunderland manager, Gus Poyet is sent to the stands by referee Mike Dean during the Barclays Premier League match at the KC Stadium, Hull. Credit: PA Wire

The two men had to be separated on the touchline after Sunderland's JackRodwell fell in the box after 35 minutes and was booked for simulation by referee Mike Dean.

Poyet complained it was a penalty and after being sent off he walked across to Bruce and tried to shake his counterpart's hand.

Bruce appeared to respond angrily and had to be restrained by a linesman and members of his coaching staff.

Hull City's Andy Robertson and Sunderland's Danny Graham (right) battle for the ball during the Barclays Premier League match at the KC Stadium, Hull. Credit: PA Wire

Dame N'Doye's third goal in five games since his January move from Lokomotiv Moscow gave Hull a 15th-minute lead, the Senegal striker cleverly back-heeling Tom Huddlestone's cross into the net.

But Rodwell earned Sunderland a precious point when he nudged home Patrick van Aanholt's cross on the line with 13 minutes remaining.

The Black Cats host Aston Villa at home on Saturday.

Footballer Adam Johnson bailed after underage sex claim

Sunderland footballer Adam Johnson has been bailed after earlier being arrested on suspicion of sexual activity with a girl under the age of 16.

A police officer came out of Peterlee station and told reporters that Johnson had been bailed and was no longer there.

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Sunderland AFC confirmed it had suspended Johnson pending the outcome of the police investigation.

Johnson had been due to travel with the rest of the squad to Humberside this afternoon for tomorrow night's Barclays Premier League fixture at Hull.

He has now been bailed to return to Peterlee Police Station at a later date.

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Sunderland suspends Johnson pending police probe

Sunderland AFC have announced that midfielder Adam Johnson has been suspended by the club pending the outcome of a police investigation.

He is being questioned by detectives about allegations of sexual activity with a girl under the age of 16.

The England international remains in custody after his arrest and Durham Policey said he continues to help them with their inquiries.

Born in Sunderland, the winger has represented his country 12 times and also played for Middlesbrough and Manchester City.

Sunderland's Adam Johnson arrested over under-age sex claim

Adam Johnson. Credit: PA

Sunderland footballer Adam Johnson has been arrested on suspicion of sexual activity with a girl under 16, sources said.

Durham Police have released a brief statement:

'A 27-year-old man was arrested earlier today on suspicion of sexual activity with a girl under 16. He remains in police custody and is helping officers with their enquiries.'

Wes Brown's red card overturned on appeal

Wes Brown (left) is shown the red card Credit: PA

The FA has announced that an Independent Regulatory Commission has upheld a claim of wrongful dismissal in relation to Sunderland's Wes Brown.

The defender was dismissed in the game against Manchester United on Saturday 28 February for denying an obvious goal scoring opportunity.

The foul was actually committed by Brown's team-mate John O'Shea.

Today's decision means that Brown's one-match suspension has been withdrawn with immediate effect.

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Man United 'not as bad as people think', says Poyet

Sunderland boss Gus Poyet has defended Manchester United's recent performances, saying they 'are not as bad as people think'.

Louis Van Gaal's side came under criticism after last weekend's 2-1 defeat to Swansea. But speaking ahead of Sunderland's trip to Old Trafford on Saturday, Poyet backed Man United to recover from their recent dip in form.

He said:

I think people are being a little bit harsh on Man United at the moment.

They are not as bad as people think because they are in a good position and if they get into the top four there's a few that are going to have to recognise that they've done better than what people expected.

– Gus Poyet, Sunderland AFC Head Coach

Sunderland won 1-0 at Old Trafford at the end of last season as the Black Cats avoided relegation from the Premier League. But Poyet expects a different encounter this time around. He added:

They were with Ryan Giggs as a caretaker at that moment in time. We were playing for our lives. They were just trying to change a little bit at the end of the season to have something to cheer about. It was a different game.

– Gus Poyet, Sunderland AFC Head Coach

Poyet comments 'born out of frustration'

Gus Poyet's comments after Sunderland's shock FA Cup defeat to Bradford City were 'born out of frustration', according to Sunderland Echo reporter Chris Young.

The Uruguayan told media after the Sunday's 2-0 defeat at Valley Parade:

The problem is you, not me. If you write what I say the fans would be on my side but because you write what you want we've got problems.

If we close Sunderland and we put a China wall around the city it would be fantastic. Now when we let you get in and you go out and say what you want then we've got a problem beating ourselves.

So I would invite every Sunderland fan and people who cares about the club not to listen to any one of you. Only to me and between ourselves.

– Gus Poyet, Sunderland AFC Head Coach

Young says Poyet could be frustrated after his side's recent results.

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