Two of Sheffield Wednesday’s promotion heroes are rowing over an incident that happened as their sides met on Saturday.
Paul Heckingbottom and Alex Bruce were teammates during the final few months of Wednesday’s 04-05 campaign, which ended in the Owls’ ascent via the League One play-offs.
But the pair, who started as Paul Sturrock’s side beat Hartlepool United 4-2 at the Millennium Stadium, are now plying their trade north of the border in Scotland.
Heckingbottom is the manager of Hibernian, while Bruce [whose father is, of course, the Wednesday boss, Steve] is a player with Kilmarnock.
And the way in which the latter won a penalty for his side at Rugby Park did not sit well with his former colleague.
According to the Scotsman, Bruce was branded a “f****** diver” by Heckingbottom – who interrupted the defender’s post-match media duties to tell him so.
It is claimed that Bruce then asked if Heckingbottom was “for real”, before telling the newspaper:
“I think that (Heckingbottom’s comments) lacked class.
“He’s an old teammate of mine and I expected better of him. If he had something to say to me then he should have done it in private. I’m certainly not a diver, that’s for sure.”