Warnock raging at Nuno's 'lack of class'

Last updated : 07 April 2018 By Michael Morris

Highlights from Sky Sports

Neil Warnock was having none of Nuno Espirito Santo's apology after the Wolves manager reacted with his heart not his head at the final whistle of a dramatic Wolves victory at CCS.

Santo flew past Warnock to join his players on the pitch after Cardiff missed two injury time penalties, failing to shake hands as is the usual tradition.

When finally realising he'd repeated the snub he gave to Tony Pulis at Midddlesbrough Santo followed the City boss across the pitch but was rebuffed in no uncertain terms by Warnock who was in no mood to have anything to do with the Wolves boss.


Speaking first Santo said

"Today was a new thing, two penalties missed in the last minute and I don't ever recall being in this situation but that's why we love the game," said Nuno.

"It gives you, it takes you. You can have happy moments but it can be cruel, so I was in the other side. This is football, this is why we love it.

"It's hard to judge (the penalty decisions) but before that we had clear chances to kill the game and during the game we were the better team.

"We played better football but it's very difficult to play against Cardiff because in every situation they have these long balls. They have these fighters and we hung on."

And on 'handshakegate'

"It happened at Middlesbrough and it happened again today. I have to say I'm sorry, I was talking to an assistant and he told me in Britain we [don't] do that. But I've arrived here and I love this country and I love the football. Last year I was coaching in the Champions League and now I'm in the Championship and I'm very proud of what I'm doing.

"I want to be a gentleman to all the managers, I'm sorry to [Middlesbrough boss] Tony Pulis and I'm very sorry to Neil Warnock. It was not my intention to be disrespectful but it's very difficult in the last minute when there is a penalty and your goalkeeper [saves it], you have to celebrate, I'm being honest. Once again I'm sorry and I'll try to avoid it. I'll go to his office now and if he gives me a moment I'll try to explain it."

But Neil Warnock was not having any of it.

"I don't accept it at all," said Warnock.

"I don't give a toss what he says. They've had a great win and I thought it showed a lack of class.

"I went to shake his hand and he ran off. If that's how they're taught in Portugal then fair enough, but not in Britain.

"I don't want to speak to him. He can say anything after the game - I'm talking about when the whistle goes, what he should do, the etiquette, the manners, the class.

"They've won the game for god's sake. They should shake your hand and say unlucky or something, not run off like that and rub your noses in it. A disgrace."