Oxford manager calls police after alleging Sunderland coach ‘headbutted’ goalkeeper

Johnson responded to Robinson’s comments, saying “He’s [Robinson] got to be careful, I’ll tell you that. There are always two sides to any story. Let me tell you, there was a lot of Oxford staff that didn’t come out of it smelling of roses, let’s just say that.”

“I didn’t see what happened at half-time. I was in the toilet, waiting for the boys in the dressing room wondering where everybody was. It was probably a good thing because I would have been like Scrappy Doo in there. Look, it happens all the time, especially in a condensed area. It was handbags a lot of it.”

“For me, it’s a man’s game and we’ll crack on. It’s up to anybody else what they do, but I would be careful throwing out some of the things that I’ve heard.”

There were also reports of an altercation after the match involving both sets of players, with Johnson claiming: “It happened at the end as well, which is not ideal, and I think that one was provoked, to be honest with you.”

The verbal jousting came in the wake of a tempestuous match in which Sunderland ran out eventual 3-1 winners against 10-man Oxford.

Robinson himself was sent to the stands after furiously protesting Sunderland’s second goal that came from a quick free-kick when an Oxford player was down injured. Aiden McGeady tapped home from that free-kick, but Robinson felt aggrieved that his side were unable to defend at full strength.