Goran Popov says sorry for spitting

Goran Popov makes his way off the field after being shown a straight red card in the match against Tottenham on February 3, 2013
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West Bromwich Albion defender Goran Popov issues a statement in which he says sorry for spitting at Kyle Walker on Sunday.

West Bromwich Albion's loanee defender Goran Popov has issued a public apology for spitting at Tottenham Hotspur defender Kyle Walker at the weekend.

The Macedonian's actions were seen by referee Mark Clattenburg, who immediately sent off the full-back.

Having had time to reflect on the incident, the 28-year-old has felt it necessary to say sorry to everybody connected with the club.

"I want to say a big sorry to all the fans because it was a full stadium of 25,000," he said in a statement on the club's official website. "I've had a couple of good games, was man of the match and Player of the Month in December.

"But I'm not happy with what I did on Sunday. When the referee sent me off it totally changed the game.

"The players were angry after the game, and some of them – the ones who have been a long time at this club - said to me they are disappointed in me. I want to say sorry to all my friends, teammates, to all the physical staff and the coaching staff."

Popov joined West Brom last summer on a season-long loan basis from Dynamo Kiev.

Goran Popov makes his way off the field after being shown a straight red card in the match against Tottenham on February 3, 2013
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