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Bruce unhappy with Bramble

Sunderland boss Steve Bruce has warned footballers they have a moral responsibility to behave after defender Titus Bramble's arrest.

Bramble is currently on police bail after being questioned over allegations of sexual assault and possession of a Class A drug. His club have suspended him as they conduct their own investigation into the matter, but Bruce has expressed his anger over the fact that the 30-year-old defender was out on the town at all.

"There's a police investigation going on into Titus and obviously I'm restricted in what I can say, but for me, the big disappointment is he shouldn't have been there in the first place," he said. "With the rewards footballers get, they have a responsibility, a moral responsibility, and I don't think footballers should be in nightclubs on a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, especially after you have just been beaten."

He added: "If it was me, I would be locking myself away for 24, 48 hours and burying my head and making sure when training comes around, that I'm going to go and perform better than I did on Monday night.

"That's the disappointing thing for me, but that's what, unfortunately, football has become. With the rewards that they have, they have to show a bit more responsibility."

Bramble is unavailable for the Black Cats' home game against West Brom on Saturday as a result of his suspension.

The allegations against Bramble have proved an unwelcome distraction during a week which has seen the pressure shift firmly back on to Bruce's shoulders as a result of the defeat at Carrow Road.

However, the former Manchester United defender was adamant he would not allow it to derail his mission to turn the club's season around.

He said: "It's what managers do these days, it happens. I am just pleased [Manchester City boss] Roberto Mancini is having a little bit of stick as well.

"Nothing will derail me. I have been doing it a long time and have been let down many times by certain players."

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