Just listened to his interview on Ornstein and Chapman. He actually states that Gino and SD were at the training ground during the West Ham match, so he didn't even see them until he met them in the training ground car park the next day. So there was no confrontation with anyone at board level at half time or after the match because they weren't even there. I believe he was in a rage at half time with the players, maybe squared up to one or two and probably someone like Giraldi was witness to it and reported it back to the board. When SD said "you have to trust us" when talking about the dismissal, he's probably alluding to Pearson's loss of temper with the players at half time, which they heard second-hand, but nothing more than that. The more the stories come out, the more it looks like the board made a kneejerk decision based on emotion rather than logic. The reason to sack Pearson was, at the time, a strange one, and hindsight proved it to be a bad one. Stories like punching Gino, Masina or whoever, never happened.