Moeneeb Josephs apologises for sending off in MTN8 semi-final
Posted: 11 September 2016 Time: 01:02
Bidvest Wits goalkeeper Moeneeb Josephs has issued a sincere apology for his actions after being sent off during the MTN8 semi-final first leg on Saturday evening.
Wits were reduced to 10 men after 78th minutes when Josephs was shown a straight red card for lashing out at Roland Putsche during their 3-0 victory over Cape Town City at the Bidvest Stadium.
The veteran shot-stopper has since apologised for his “regrettable” actions and concedes that he let his emotions get the better of him.
“I’d like to apologise firstly to my teammates, coach and the club for my regrettable and immature reaction, and letting them down when I should have been a leader,” Josephs tells KickOff.com.
“I should not have been involved in the situation in the first place. I cannot explain the reason why I went all the way there, and in my moment of weakness I let my emotions get the better of me.
“For a player of my experience, my actions were inexcusable and I am embarrassed by my own irresponsible behaviour. I’d like to also apologise to the football fraternity, and more especially to Putsche.”
The 36-year-old former Bafana Bafana ‘keeper will now serve a two-match suspension, missing their Absa Premiership clash away to Polokwane City as well as their semi-final return leg away to City next Saturday, and admits he fully deserved the red card.
“The referee’s decision was 100 percent correct. It was never my intention to strike him, but it was still unsporting of me," he adds.
"I’m a very passionate person and I can be very emotional at times, but I’m not one to try and hurt another player.
“I thought it would just be some shoving around but as I went in and Putsche tried to block me and my hands accidentally went up against his chin.
"I tried to show remorse by immediately retreating the scene and returning to my goals. Nonetheless, I am appalled by my unsporting actions.”