Hull boss Bruce hits out at 'ridiculous' UEFA rules

Tue Feb 18, 2014 11:42am GMT

Hull City's manager Steve Bruce reacts during their English Premier League soccer match against Liverpool at Anfield in Liverpool, northern England January 1, 2014. REUTERS/Phil Noble

Hull City's manager Steve Bruce reacts during their English Premier League soccer match against Liverpool at Anfield in Liverpool, northern England January 1, 2014.

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(Reuters) - Hull City have been ordered to stage their FA Cup fifth round replay with Brighton and Hove Albion just two days after they meet Cardiff City in the Premier League, much to the frustration of manager Steve Bruce.

A late Yannick Sagbo strike salvaged a 1-1 draw for Hull against their Championship rivals on Monday after Argentine Leonardo Ulloa had opened the scoring on the half-hour.

The top-flight club will now host the replay on Monday, 48 hours after they travel to second from bottom Cardiff, with the rules of European soccer's governing body UEFA preventing the game being played on the same night as next week's Champions League fixtures.

"I find that ridiculous," Bruce was quoted as saying by Sky Sports television. "Surely we could play on the same night as the Champions League.

"It is quite a bizarre one, isn't it? For them to say to the FA that we can't play the same night as they are playing the Champions League," added Bruce.

"They think it's going to clash. Is it going to be a real problem for them? I somehow doubt it."

The replay winners will meet Bruce's former club Sunderland in the quarter-finals.

(Reporting by Josh Reich; editing by Tony Jimenez)

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