Hughes unhappy over Bellamy red card

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Manchester City manager Mark Hughes rounded on referee Mark Clattenburg after his side had to settle for a point against Bolton at the Reebok Stadium.

Hughes was incensed that Craig Bellamy was sent off for two yellow cards in the thrilling 3-3 draw, with the second caution given for simulation following a challenge by Paul Robinson. Bellamy had earlier been booked after objecting to Bolton's third goal, though many in the stadium missed the decision.

Hughes said: "The decision to send Craig off was laughable. It is quite clear the guy (Robinson) has taken him out."

He added: "Craig is running at full pelt and has knocked the ball past him. But for some reason Mr Clattenburg thought Craig was looking to deceive him and decided to send him off.

"Paul Robinson has made out he has dived as he doesn't want to be booked himself. That is quite a natural reaction, that's what happens.

"Everyone in the stadium seemed to be mystified for quite some time. Apparently he had booked him after the third goal for dissent.

Even Bolton manager Gary Megson thought Clattenburg had got it wrong in dismissing Bellamy.

Megson said: ``I thought it was a bit harsh. He did not seem to be looking for it as he has gone past our full-back.I did not realise he had been booked earlier. I knew Craig when he was a young lad at Norwich. He has not changed. He is still fiery as well as being a marvellous player."

Carlos Tevez secured a point for City with his second goal of the game with Ivan Klasnic scored a brace for Bolton.

Gary Cahill, for the home side, and City defender Micah Richards were also on target in a rousing encounter.

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