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Haas: Bust-up over.

SUNDERLAND defender Bernt Haas has accepted Phil Thompson's apology for the bust-up at the end of Sunday's clash at Liverpool.

Thompson refused to shake the hand of Haas seconds after the final whistle confirmed a 1-0 Liverpool success at Anfield.

The Liverpool assistant manager believed Haas overreacted to the two-footed challenge of Dietmar Hamann which brought the Germany international midfielder a first-half red card.

But Haas said: "The matter is finished. Emotions run high in football and that was the case after the final whistle.

"The Liverpool manager made a point of apologising and that's good enough for me."

Switzerland international defender Haas, a pounds 750,000 summer recruit from Zurich club Grasshopper, believed referee Steve Bennett was right to dismiss Hamann for the challenge.

He added: "In football now you can't make tackles like that.

"If I had done it I would have expected to go, although of course it is disappointing.

"You never want to see players sent off but that is the way the game is now."
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Nov 29, 2001
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