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South African Absa Premiership champions striker, Gabadinho Mhango issues apology for spitting incident – ABSA Premiership 2017/18

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South African Absa Premiership champions striker, Gabadinho Mhango issues apology for spitting incident

Gabadinho Mhango of Bidvest Wits celebrates a goal with teammates during the Absa Premiership match between Orlando Pirates and Bidvest Wits on 15 February 2017 at Orlando Stadium ©Sydney Mahlangu/BackpagePix

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Monday Oct 30, 2017. 18:00


Bidvest Wits striker Gabadinho Mhango has issued an apology after an incident which involved him spitting at AmaZulu midfielder Michael Morton.

The Malawian forward says he deeply regrets the incident and is currently awaiting the Premier Soccer League’s verdict after he was captured on camera appearing to spit at Morton.

Usuthu went on to win the league encounter 3-1 on September 20 at the Princess Magogo Stadium and the former Bloemfontein Celtic striker expressed regret in a statement.

“I was involved in an incident that should have not happened in the beautiful game of football. I offended Michael Morton and AmaZulu FC,” Mhango wrote in a self-issued statement.

“I also disrespected my club, and above all, I disrespected the beautiful game of football. To all, I apologise unequivocally.

“The spitting incident should not have happened. Because of disciplinary action pending against me by both my club and the PSL, I was advised not to make any statements until such time as these processes were concluded.

“I have taken full responsibility for my actions in both disciplinary processes and now that they have been concluded, I can finally speak publicly about it.

“I have also met with Michael Morton, spoken to him about the incident and offered my heartfelt apologies to him and for provoking his reaction.

“I apologise to all that I have offended with my actions, and I pray and hope that you will all understand that whilst I was wrong, I am only human, and that you can all forgive me for my actions.”

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Jordan FA issue an apology to Egyptian FA

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Staff Reporter

Wednesday Aug 09, 2017. 18:00


Following a scuffle during the final of the Arab Club Championship (ACC) in Alexandria on Sunday, the Jordan Football Association has issued an apology.

In a statement regretting the “out-of-line” behaviour of players and officials from Jordanian club Al-Faisaly, the JFA has openly regretted the behaviour.

Referee Ibrahim Nour El-Din was physically assaulted after a disputed extra-time goal that put Tunisia’s Esperance ahead 3-2, handing them a win.

El-Din was assaulted by players and technical staff of Al-Faisaly, a move which prompted the police to intervene.

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“The association regrets the incidents that occurred after the final game. What happened conflicts with our ethics and the traditions of which we are proud,” reads a statement from the JFA.

“The JFA are in communication with the Union of Arab Football Associations (UAFA) to make further investigations into the totally unacceptable manners.”

The association also hailed the cooperation between Arab nations in putting together the tournament, expressing particular thanks to Egypt.

Meanwhile, Egyptian Sports Minister Khaled Abdel-Aziz has also confirmed that he received an official apology from his Jordanian counterpart on behalf of the Al-Faisaly contingent.

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