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

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

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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