Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce says he was just protecting his ‘mob’ in Norwich dug-out fracas

Robbie Bradys challenge sent DeAndre Yedlin head first into the advertising hoardings, which sparked

Robbie Bradys challenge sent DeAndre Yedlin head first into the advertising hoardings, which sparked a furious response from the Sunderland manager and bench. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Norwich and Sunderland play for the Friendship Trophy whenever they meet, a tradition stemming back from the 1985 League Cup final between the sides.

Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce pushed Norwich City players during the fracas at Carrow Road. Pictu

Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce pushed Norwich City players during the fracas at Carrow Road. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

But there was nothing remotely amicable about Norwich's 3-0 loss to Sunderland on Saturday, with tempers boiling over virtually straight from the kick-off after Robbie Brady's challenge sent DeAndre Yedlin head first into the advertising hoardings.

Players and staff from both sides squared up in front of the dug-out with Allardyce in the thick of it, shoving Norwich's Jonny Howson and Cameron Jerome in ugly scenes which could land both clubs an FA charge.

'I got a bit carried away, but the Norwich players were encroaching my box - I was always going to protect my players and my mob,' added Allardyce, who also insisted he saw nothing untoward after the game amid rumours of a tunnel bust-up.

The incident could land both clubs with a charge from the FA. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Image

The incident could land both clubs with a charge from the FA. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Players and the benches from both sides involved in the touch line melee. Photo: Paul Chesterton/Foc

Players and the benches from both sides involved in the touch line melee. Photo: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd