West Brom defender Goran Popov has released an official statement, apologising for his sending off against Tottenham at the weekend.

The Macedonian full-back was sent off early in the second half for spitting at Tottenham defender Kyle Walker, and his side later went on to lose the game 1-0 after a Gareth Bale strike.

After the game, Popov apologised to the West Brom fans via Peter Odemwingie's twitter account, but today he apologised through a more official source - the club's website.

The 28-year-old said in a statement released by the club: "I just want to say a big sorry to everyone, firstly to the gaffer 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.

"We played a good first half then at the start of the second half their player kicked the ball to the corner and I said something to him.

"We exchanged a couple of words but it wasn't something bad, just something that happens 10 to 15 times in a game.

"After that, when he started to run, he was maybe two or three yards away from me. I didn't have the intention to spit on him - but it looked like that.

"The referee was close to me and saw that. This is not good for me because over the last two or three nights I have not slept too good. Something like this has never happened in my life."

The defender then went on to say that he regrets his actions and hopes that the fans can forgive him, having got off to a positive start at The Hawthorns prior to Sunday's incident.

"I've had a couple of good games, was man of the match and player of the month in December," Popov said.

"But I'm not happy with what I did on Sunday. When the referee sent me off it totally changed the game.

"The players were angry after the game and some of them - the ones who have been a long time at this club - said to me they are disappointed in me.

"I want to say sorry to all my friends, team-mates, to all the physical staff and the coaching staff. Everyone can make mistakes, life is like this. Football is up and down.

"Tomorrow I want to have a meeting and I want to say sorry to everyone who works at this club. I don't want all the fans, players, trainers and staff to change their mind about me. I'm not that kind of player."

Popov has also confirmed he intends to speak with Walker in person to apologise for his actions, but has so far been unable to contact the international defender, who had been with the England squad preparing for their game at Wembley with World Cup 2014 hosts Brazil on Wednesday evening.

"I'm trying to get a phone number for Kyle Walker but he is now with his national team.

"When I get his number I will call him and just say, "I'm not a player like this, I didn't want to do this to him and a big sorry." I wish good luck to Walker and England against Brazil."

Popov will now serve his three-match ban which means he will miss the Baggies' games against Liverpool, Sunderland and Chelsea.


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