Fulham supervisor Marco Silva and striker Aleksandar Mitrovic have each tendered an apology to referee Chris Kavanagh for his or her behaviour through the FA Cup recreation in opposition to Manchester United two weeks in the past.
Each males had been red-carded in an ill-tempered conflict with United at Previous Trafford simply earlier than the worldwide break.
Mitrovic noticed purple within the recreation for laying his arms on Kavanagh in protest after his teammate, Willian, was dismissed for dealing with the ball on the road.
Supervisor Silva was additionally given his marching orders for reacting angrily on the Previous Trafford touchline to the choice by the referee to ship the Brazilian off after a VAR evaluation.
The purple card to the three males led to a meltdown within the recreation, with United successful 3-1 after trailing 1-0 when all three gamers had been nonetheless on the pitch.
Having been slapped with a normal three-match ban for his behaviour at Previous Trafford, Mitrovic may very well be handed an prolonged ban by the FA in the event that they deem it match that his motion deserved greater than a three-game ban.
However whereas ready to search out out the extent of his ban, the striker has come out to apologise to the match official Chris Kavanagh and has supplied to just accept the effective imposed on him by Fulham.
As well as, Mitrovic claimed that he apologised to his teammates for letting them down. On the identical time, his supervisor Silva added that he would haven’t any downside with Kavanagh overseeing one other Fulham recreation.
Talking on Wednesday, the Serbian worldwide mentioned: “I’ve been away with my nationwide crew and have had a while to replicate on the Manchester United match. As everybody is aware of, it was a really emotional one, through which the crew gave completely every thing on the pitch to attempt to attain the semi-final of the FA Cup.
“On a private degree, I remorse my actions that led to me being despatched off. I allowed my frustration to get the higher of me, and the way I reacted was mistaken. I used to be attempting to get the referee’s consideration, however I respect that I mustn’t have put my arms on him, and I perceive why he confirmed me a purple card, my first in-game sending-off for Fulham and my first for the reason that 2015-16 season.
“I’ve accepted the three-match ban for my purple card, I’ve spoken to Chris Kavanagh to apologise, and I’ve volunteered to just accept a Membership effective. I now wish to do what I can to place this incident behind me and get again to serving to my teammates on the pitch as quickly as attainable.
“Within the meantime, I wish to reiterate my remorse that this occurred. I’ve already mentioned sorry to my teammates, however I might additionally prefer to apologise to the Fulham followers, notably those that travelled to Previous Trafford to help us and who didn’t cease singing all recreation. I hope to be again quickly and repay their religion and help.”
Silva added: “Feelings had been excessive at Previous Trafford and, as I mentioned in my press convention after the sport, I ought to have managed my very own feelings higher. It was a really troublesome second in a match that we had dominated, however I may have dealt with the state of affairs higher.
“I remorse what occurred, and I’ve spoken to Chris Kavanagh to apologise. He is aware of that I respect him and the job he has to do. Sadly, we didn’t see eye-to-eye on the day, however I recognise that he is likely one of the high referees on this nation, and I do know that when our paths cross once more, there will likely be mutual respect between us.
“I’m sorry that I used to be not on the pitch to attempt to lead the crew to what may have been a historic FA Cup Semi-Closing at Wembley, however I’m grateful for all of the help I’ve obtained from Fulham followers over the previous few days.”