Lee Clark defends Kyle Bartley

Birmingham manager Lee Clark looks on during the match against Watford on August 3, 2013
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Birmingham City manager Lee Clark believes that Kyle Bartley should not have been sent off after taking his shirt off in celebration against Huddersfield Town.

Birmingham City boss Lee Clark has said that the referee should have used "common sense" in dealing with Kyle Bartley's sending against Huddersfield Town.

The 22-year-old defender received a second yellow card after taking off his shirt in celebration at netting his second goal in the 81st minute.

"Football is an emotional game," PA quotes Clark as saying. "Kyle hasn't enticed the Huddersfield fans, he has gone to celebrate with his own fans and common sense should prevail.

"Probably under the rules the referee had no option, but you have to be allowed to celebrate. That's what the fans want to see."

The Blues won 3-1 at the John Smith's Stadium.

Birmingham City manager Lee Clark celebrates down the touchline during the League Cup match against Stoke City on October 29, 2013
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