Bruce backs O'Leary over Alpay
By Alex Livie
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Alpay is public enemy number one for many, following his actions against England on Saturday.
The Aston Villa defender twice goaded England captain David Beckham during the 0-0 draw in Istanbul.
Villa boss O'Leary has opted not to consider Alpay for selection for Sunday's derby clash with Birmingham, and Bruce feels the decision was right as temperatures are sure to run high at St Andrews.
"I think, if I was in Dave's shoes, I would have done the same thing," Bruce told Sky Sports News.
"We are strange us Brits, we can forgive tackles, even someone hitting you on the back of the head with a piece of wood, but we don't like that injustice of unfairness.
"And his actions against David Beckham, when he plies his trade in this country, are unforgivable and I feel a lot of people will see it as unforgivable. And I think Dave has done the right thing."
Alpay's future looks set to be decided on Tuesday, as O'Leary said: "I won't be seeing Alpay until Tuesday, when we have arranged a get-together to discuss what has been going on."
It is being suggested that Alpay wants to move back to his home country, but O'Leary says he has bigger fish to fry - namely Sunday's derby encounter.
"I haven't given the matter any thought this week," added the Irishman. "My priority has been to concentrate on the match against Birmingham City.
"As far as Alpay is concerned, the situation hasn't caused me any problems this week and I will address the issue on Tuesday."