West Brom favourite Goran Popov faces a hefty club fine after boss Steve Clarke admitted he was “disgusted” by the spitting that saw the defender sent off.
The Macedonia international issued a bizarre apology – via shamed striker Peter Odemwingie’s Twitter account – after being dismissed for spitting at Tottenham defender Kyle Walker in yesterday’s 1-0 defeat.
And centre-back Jonas Olsson was also forced to say sorry after he swore and spat towards home fans during an ill-tempered second-half exchange. The Sweden international could also face a club fine for his reaction.
The latest controversies came at the end of a fraught week at The Hawthorns that saw Odemwingie locked in a war of words with the club over his attempts to force a move to QPR.
Popov was sent off in the 48th minute with the Baggies eventually losing to Gareth Bale’s 67th-minute strike after impressing in the first half.
Clarke, who confirmed Popov would be disciplined, said: “The game changed with the sending off. I’m absolutely disgusted with Goran’s behaviour.
“One of the group has let the players down. There’s no excuse for that. There’s no place for it in life, never mind on a football pitch.”
Popov then opted to apologise via Odemwingie, who was told to stay away from the game following his own dramatic week but tweeted to his 151,000 followers: “Just had Popov the Albion man on phone.
“He is not on twitter but asked me to pass a msg to Albion fans that he is sorry for the red. Goran Popov: sorry for letting the team and the fans down. All players worked very hard and his mistake cost the team 3 points.”
Meanwhile, Clarke said he had not seen a second-half incident when Olsson responded to criticism from a section of fans by gesturing, spitting and swearing.
But the Swede later replied to fans who tweeted him. One reply read: “Frustrating night. No excuse though,” while another said: “That was not very nice. Sorry for that.”