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West Brom's Popov apologises for spitting

Published on Feb 7, 2013 6:17 AM
West Bromwich Albion's Goran Popov (left) is sent off by referee Mark Clattenburg during their English Premier League soccer match against Tottenham Hotspur at The Hawthorns in West Bromwich, central England on Feb 3, 2013. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

(REUTERS) - West Bromwich Albion left back Goran Popov apologised on Wednesday for spitting at Tottenham Hotspur defender Kyle Walker and getting sent off in last weekend's 1-0 Premier League defeat.

The Macedonian was shown a red card three minutes into the second half and Spurs went on to win the match at The Hawthorns through Gareth Bale's excellent 67th-minute strike.

"I just want to say a big sorry to everyone, firstly to the gaffer (Steve Clarke) because he was so angry after the game and, if I was in his place, I would be exactly the same, and to all the players," Popov said on the club's website (

Clarke had said he was "disgusted" with Popov's behaviour.

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