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Saints Lose Fifth Straight

  • BBC Sport, Wednesday, December 17, 2014 12:24 PM

Southampton lost its fifth-straight game in all competitions on Tuesday as League One side Sheffied United beat the fifth-place Premier League club, 1-0, at Bramall Lane. After the game, Saints coach Ronald Koeman refused to shake hands with his opposite number, Nigel Clough, whom he accused of having a lack of respect for his team.

"I shake hands with people who have respect for me and have respect for the fourth official,” the Dutchman said. "The behavior of Sheffield United's bench, I never saw that [before]." The altercation between the benches began following Marc McNulty’s 63rd-minute strike, and resulted in United assistant Chris Morgan being sent to the stands.

Clough, meanwhile, said he was disappointed Koeman refused to shake his hand. “I don’t quite know what that means (about a lack of respect),” he said. “I think the biggest lack of respect is when you don’t shake somebody’s hand, especially in defeat.”

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