Alcaraz issues spitting apology

The Paraguay international’s actions were caught by television

cameras towards the end of the Latics’ 3-1 defeat at Wolves on

Sunday at Molineux. The 29-year-old admits he was frustrated at the

end of the contest and that frustration got the better of him as he

attempted to spit at the ground. Alcaraz, who will now serve a

three-match suspension, has also apologised to everyone at Wigan

for the problems caused and he is ‘hurting’ at being unavailable

for manager Roberto Martinez. “I would like to apologise for my

actions following the game against Wolverhampton Wanderers last

Sunday,” read a statement on the club’s official website. “I

apologise to anyone connected to our football club for the offence

and upset that my actions have caused. I reacted wrongly after

being provoked but I never meant to spit on an opposing player. “I

was having a confrontation with Christophe Berra and in wanting to

show my frustration, my intention was spit on the ground beside

him, which was my way of answering the verbal abuse that I was

receiving. “Unfortunately, as you can see in the video evidence, my

spit, instead of finding the ground, regrettably struck Richard

Steadman in the chest, and I apologise to him for this. “I

apologise to my fellow players, staff, supporters and everyone

associated with Wigan Athletic for the problems this has caused. “I

am hurting now because I know I cannot help my team mates in the

next three games, and for that I am very sorry. “I will keep

working hard to stay fit and be ready to help the team again as

soon as the ban is over.”