Saturday, April 24, 2010
Altidore ejected for head butt
HULL, England -- American forward Jozy Altidore will miss Hull's last two matches of the Premier League season after he was ejected for head butting an opponent.
Altidore got the red card in the 50th minute of Saturday's 1-0 home defeat to Sunderland for a clash with Sunderland defender Alan Hutton. Hutton threw the ball at Altidore, and the 20-year-old responded with a head butt.
A red card for violent conduct earns a three-match ban. Hutton also was sent off.
Hull (6-20-10) is 18th with 28 points in the 20-team Premier League, six points behind 17th-place West Ham (8-18-10).
The Tigers can avoid relegation only by winning their two remaining games by huge margins and hoping West Ham goes 0-2. The Hammers' goal deficit is minus-18; Hull's is minus-41.