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Hughes ‘disappointed’ at Mazzarri handshake snub

Walter Mazzarri went into the Stoke dressing room to belatedly shake Mark Hughes’ hand after initially spurning a handshake at full time.

Hughes offered his hand at the final whistle but Mazzarri waved away the gesture and stormed straight down the tunnel. Hughes then sarcastically ushered him down the tunnel with a wave and it was left to Watford’s Mazzarri’s backroom staff to exchange pleasantries with Hughes and his staff.

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“It’s a bit disappointing,” said Hughes. “It’s perhaps something foreign managers don’t do and he needed reminding [by a member of Watford staff] that it’s something we do. We [British managers] are in a minority these days so we shouldn’t expect it. He was a little bit emotional at the end…but I’ve shaken hands with him since. I think he had to be reminded.”

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Mazzarri put his actions, or lack of them, down to his frustration with the performance of referee Robert Madley who booked three Watford players and sent off Miguel Britos, for two yellow card offences, amid a series of questionable decisions.

“I was very angry in that moment, with the referee,” said Mazzarri. “Of course, you can ask Mark – I went in the dressing room and I gave him my hand. I forgot in that moment. I didn’t think about it. I was angry.”