Hull City will back Fagan legal action

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Hull forward Craig Fagan may consider taking legal action against Newcastle's Danny Guthrie over the tackle that broke his leg.

Guthrie was sent off for hacking down Fagan in a crude challenge late in Saturday's Premier League encounter at St James' Park.

Hull manager Phil Brown called for strong disciplinary action but the FA confirmed yesterday the player would face only the mandatory three-match ban for the red card.

Hull chairman Paul Duffen, quoted in the Daily Mirror, said: "This is the sort of incident that, had it happened in the street, would have been regarded as common assault.

"I wouldn't want to prejudice any potential further action from Craig, yet what I will say is that he has the club's full support on this matter.

"We will be sitting down with him and discussing what to do, what decision or what action he might want to take.

"The timing of it for Craig and the implications, short term, for his career could be significant.

"He was in the team, playing well and you have to take into account his earning ability in terms of performance bonuses and things like that."

Fagan, signed from Derby County this summer after a successful loan spell last season, could be out of action for up to three months.