Mazzarri criticised by Hughes for lack of handshake following Stoke's win over Watford

The Watford boss did not shake hands with Mark Hughes at the final whistle.

Mazzarri criticised by Hughes for lack of handshake following Stoke's win over Watford
Mazzarri on the sideline against Stoke (photo: Craig Marcer CamreSport / Getty Images)

Walter Mazzarri left the side line without shaking the Stoke City boss Mark Hughes' hand on Sunday, and also was not happy with referee Bobby Madley’s performance.

Madley gave 38 fouls in the game in Watford's 1-0 defeat at Vicarage Road, which is the most in any Premier League match this season. He could have made that 39 fouls, as he missed a Charlie Adam shove on Valon Behrami during an incident where the only goal of the game was scored, which gave Stoke all three points. 

Adam admits foul

Adam admitted to Sky Sports after the game that he pushed Valon Behrami as his header went in off Watford keeper Heurelho Gomes, but obviously wasn't going to argue with the decision to award the goal.

Mazzarri refuses handshake

Mazzari walked back to the home dressing room in a foul mood, without shaking Hughes' hand which left the Stoke boss "unimpressed". He also added "it is something maybe the foreign managers don’t always do and they need reminding it is something we do over here."

The Italian did admit after the game that he did go into the away dressing room afterwards and shake his hand.  

Mazzarri stated that he was "angry" with the referee and the decisions that he made on the day. He did also add that "every referee has their bad day", and "today he did"

Watford collected five bookings on Sunday, two of them given to Miguel Britos as he was sent off in the last minute of the game, which will mean he will miss the Hornets' next game against West Brom on Saturday. 

The club suffered another disappointment as Younes Kaboul was taken off in the first half and replaced by Christian Kabasele, which means he may be a doubt for the game in the Midlands.