Kevin Brown has apologised to Jordan Turner – but insists he did not mean to ‘headbutt’ the Giants player.
The pair were involved in the major flashpoint of Huddersfield’s controversial win over Salford after Brown’s head collided with Turner’s in the closing stages of the game.
Brown was sin-binned for the incident and Huddersfield went on to win the game with Salford down to 12 men as Aidan Sezer kicked a penalty goal to secure a 12-10 win.
But Turner was left incensed with Brown following the incident and accused him of striking him intentionally.
“I was the one in the tackle and I know what went on,” he said.
“He headbutted me on purpose, it’s not the first time he’s done it to me and to be honest with you I’m pretty fuming about it.
“With as tough as we play the game there’s absolutely no need for it. I was glad that the right call came. I’m not happy about it if I’m honest with you. My reaction was that I saw red and wanted to confront him. I sort of made the right decision to not get involved in a fracas and so did Joe (Wardle). I think the good thing is that we went in because I don’t think it would have been seen otherwise if we hadn’t made a big reaction.
“I’m glad it was a Sky game because otherwise, it goes amiss and probably doesn’t get sent off.”
However, Brown said: “I obviously caught him and it didn’t look great and I can see why he’s annoyed but there was no intention to hit his face.
“I was trying to get my head in tight and get him on his back but I apologise as it didn’t look great.”
Salford coach Ian Watson also defended the veteran halfback following the incident.
“He’s got his eyes down on the floor, he’s kind of losing contact and then he’s gone to get his head in tight and he’s caught Jordan Turner flush.
“The match review will look at that but Kev’s not a dirty player who goes about headbutting people.
“At first someone said it’s a headbutt and if it was it would have been a dumb play from Kev, but from what I’ve just seen there it doesn’t look great, but his eyes are not fixed on the man.”