Vermezovic apologises to the media


Vermezovic was thrust in the spotlight last Thursday when he launched a scathing attack on the media, specifically the Daily Sun, claiming his comments on Kaizer Motaung Junior that he has better strikers than the latter had been inaccurate. As it turned out though, Vermezovic admitted after the Platinum Stars match that he had in fact been quoted accurately.

But Vermezovic, according to some reports, suffered a backlash at the PSL offices on Monday during the press conference ahead of the match against Moroka Swallows when he was given some sort of silent treatment.

The bone of contention had been Vermezovic should have apologised to the rest of the media and not only the Daily Sun, and Vermezovic, who had said over the weekend that "I apologise to the Daily Sun, but only to the Daily Sun", relented last night after his side beat the Dube Birds 1-0 at the Dobsonville Stadium.

"I was like this guy [Julius] Malema with my name on the front pages and not at the back… for Malema it is normal to be on the first page, but not for me," Vermezovic quipped, a comment that seemingly defused the tension.

"I said what I said [at the village in Naturena]. I was emotional and coming from Serbia, sometimes from that we think with the balls not the brain. My English is not so perfect and I was in trouble.

"I would like this opportunity to apologise to everybody. During my time here I have had a good relationship with the media and we can continue in that way," he said.

Moroka Swallows head coach Rainer Zobel, who was part of the post-match press conference, was his jokeful self, saying bad news is still a good read.

"It is not only entertainment if you do something good, but it is also entertainment if you do something bad… you [the media] must use it. Sometimes bad news are sometimes better news than good news," Zobel added.