Newcastle United striker Papiss Cisse has apologised for spitting at Manchester United defender Jonny Evans during Wednesday’s Premier League encounter between the teams, releasing a statement on his club’s official website.
Cisse was involved in an altercation with Evans following a challenge from the defender, who, it was alleged, spat at the downed striker. Evans denied that was the case but Cisse reacted angrily and spat at Evans in retaliation. Cisse has however apologised to the Northern Ireland international, and extended his apology further than the Red Devils centre-back.
“I have apologies to make to a lot of people today,” Cisse began. “Firstly to my teammates and to our supporters, secondly to Jonny Evans, and thirdly to every football fan who saw the incident between myself and Jonny.
“I reacted to something I found very unpleasant,” he continued. “Sometimes it is hard not to react, particularly in the heat of the moment. I have always tried hard to be a positive role model, especially for our young fans, and yesterday I let you down.”
Cisse added that he was concerned about the example he set with his actions and expressed his hope that there are no copy-cat incidents in the near future.
“I hope children out there playing football for their clubs and schools this weekend will know better than to retaliate when they are angry,” he went on. “Perhaps when they see the problem it now causes me and my team they will be able to learn from my mistake, not copy it.”
The match itself was won by the visitors to St James’ Park, Ashley Young scoring in the 89th minute of the match to ensure Louis van Gaal’s side left Tyneside with all three points.
It’s not yet known if Cisse or Evans will face disciplinary action for the incident between them.
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