NEWCASTLE United’s Papiss Demba Cisse has apologised for his part in a spitting incident with Jonny Evans.
Minutes after Evans denied spitting at Cisse through an official Manchester United statement, Cisse responded through his club.
TV replays appeared to show both players spit at each other during an altercation in last night’s game at St James’s Park, won 1-0 by Louis van Gaal’s side.
The statement read: “I have apologies to make to a lot of people today.
“Firstly to my team-mates 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. Sometimes it is hard not to react, particularly in the heat of the moment.
I reacted to something I found very unpleasant. Sometimes it is hard not to react, particularly in the heat of the moment.Papiss Demba Cisse
“I have always tried hard to be a positive role model, especially for our young fans, and yesterday I let you down.
“I hope children out there playing football for their clubs and schools this weekend will know better than to retaliate when they are angry.
“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.”
Cisse will be banned for seven games by the Football Association if found guilty of spitting.