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Sunderland right back Phil Bardsley's suspension has come to end after the Scot apologised for mocking the club's opening day loss to Fulham, according to Sky Sports.

Following the 1-0 defeat, Bardsley, who is currently injured with a broken foot, posted: "Great opening day. Hahahhahaha hahahhaha!!!". 

In the aftermath, he was banned by manager Paolo Di Canio. The former Manchester United defender released a statement apologising for his actions.

It read: "I would like to apologise to the club and supporters for my comments made on social media," he said in a statement.

"I understand how they may have been interpreted and it was a serious error of judgement.

"I accept the punishment that has been handed to me by the football club and will now focus my attention and efforts on rehabilitation and regaining my fitness."

This isn't the first time Bardsley has had a run-in with Di Canio.

In May the 14-cap international was photographed laying on a casino floor surrounded by £50 notes.

The Italian was furious; the 28-year-old was axed from the team and made to train with the Black Cats youngsters.

The Sunderland manager tried to off-load Bardsley during a busy summer of transfer activity at he Stadium of Light but a proposed move to Fulham fell through after he picked up the injury.

The transfer deadline has now passed and it looks as though Bardsley will have a tough task in winning back a place back in Di Canio's squad.

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