by Stanley Azuakola
For his unsportsmanlike behaviour during West Bromwich Albion’s 0-3 loss to Fulham over the weekend, Super Eagles striker, Peter Odemwingie faces a three-match ban.
On Saturday, as the two Barclays English Premier League teams clashed, Odemwingie kicked Fulham player, Sascha Reither, earning him a straight red card.
Dimitar Berbatov had already put Fulham in front at the time of Odemwingie’s misconduct.
Odemwingie’s behaviour left the referee with little option but to send him off. Now, Odemwingie will miss his club’s next three matches.
The striker has apologised to the fans for his actions.
“I lost my temper. I’m a professional and should have kept my cool, but it happens, “I wanted to foul the player because I thought he was angry towards me. But I should cool my emotions.
“I’ve said sorry to the players and to the staff. It’s a lesson to learn.
“I am looking at the incident in a different way now. That moment went very fast for me, I felt a kick on my ankle and felt an injustice that the linesman was so close but nothing was given. “But now I think it was my fault. I lost my temper. I’m a professional and should have kept my cool, but it happens. It’s not my habit.”
Odemwingie’s manager, Steve Clarke, has refused to criticise the 31-year old Nigerian.
“We’re all human – we have emotions. Peter felt he had been fouled, felt it was a free kick and reacted in the wrong way. The red card is there and he has accepted the punishment, we all have to accept it and move on,” he said.