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Oxford United boss Karl Robinson says he called the police after his goalkeeper was allegedly headbutted during a half-time brawl against Sunderland. The U’s took the lead at the Stadium of Light through James Henry’s 21st-minute strike.

Sunderland levelled on the stroke of half-time and visiting manager Robinson was sent off just before the break.

Two late goals from Aiden McGeady and Max Power sealed all three points for the Black Cats.

And Robinson was fuming with that referee Trevor Kettle had not spotted the apparent headbutt.

“We’re waiting for the police to come,” Robinson revealed after the match. “My goalkeeper [Jack Stevens] was headbutted at half-time.

“It’s not right of me to give names.

“There will obviously be an investigation by the FA and they’ll want to bring my players and staff into it.”

He added: “There was a bit of a melee.

“Something was said and Jack’s walked behind somebody, he’s just turned around, grabbed him and headbutted him.

“We’ll be waiting to see where this goes from here legally.”

“That’s a second booking, but he’s tried to win the ball,” Robinson conceded.

“No Oxford fan would criticise him for throwing his body to try and get something out of it.

“I’m proud of how my players fought for each other, afterwards and at half-time.”


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