Oxford manager Karl Robinson called the police over claims his goalkeeper Jack Stevens was head-butted by a Sunderland coach when a half-time brawl broke out during their 3-1 defeat on Tyneside.
It proved an afternoon to forget for the Us at the Stadium of Light on Friday, with Max Power rubbing a 94th-minute strike right in their faces by knee-sliding in front of their bench.
James Henry initially fired them in front after 21 minutes on Tyneside, only for Lynden Gooch to equalise for the hosts in first-half stoppage time.
As both teams then headed in at the interval, a mass brawl is said to have broken out between both teams – and Robinson has blasted opposition head coach Lee Johnson and his staff over the fight.
Robinson said: “It wasn't alleging. My goalkeeper, he was headbutted at half time, there was a massive brawl in there.
“We have asked the police to come. Their players have seen it, our players have seen it. My player certainly felt it.
“But for some unknown reason there is no footage. Ironic here, isn't it? They've had documentary cameras everywhere in the last few years.
“We will let the police deal with it. They have no cameras in the tunnel but their player saw it. Our goalkeeper will make a charge at the end of the game.
“I am furious. So many things I could say. We have to keep our dignity.”
As if Robinson wasn’t furious enough, Aiden McGeady fired Sunderland in front with nine minutes remaining despite Cameron Brannegan appearing to have been fouled in the build-up to the goal.
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Robinson was sent to the stands over his protests, before Power sealed the victory for the Black Cats deep into stoppage time.
And to rub salt in the wounds for Oxford, he celebrated that 94th-minute goal by knee-sliding right in front of their bench – which delighted Sunderland fans.
One wrote on Twitter: “S***housery of the highest order, I salute you Max Power!”
Another put: “Max Power celebrates infront of the Oxford bench, Things you love to see #safc”
While a third said: “That celebration has made my day get one Karl Robinson #SAFC.”
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