Hull fines Altidore for tweeting apology

Hull fined U.S. striker Jozy Altidore on Monday for tweeting an apology after he was left off the squad against Portsmouth because he arrived late for Saturday’s game.

The Premier League club said Altidore would have been on the bench for the 0-0 draw. He was replaced by Will Atkinson.

“It’s unacceptable behavior, full stop,” Hull manager Phil Brown said. “You prepare all week for a match day, mentally and physically. To ask a player to arrive an hour and a half before a game is not too much to ask, is it?”

Altidore, who is on loan from Spanish club Villarreal, didn’t help matters when he tweeted his apology to fans of the Premier League club.

“Apologize to all of you,” he wrote. “I showed up late. Made a big mistake. I’m very, very sorry.”

Brown said the reasons for Altidore being left out should have remained private.

“It’s going to cost him a lot of money, unfortunately,” Brown said. “That for me is information that stays in house. The reason he wasn’t on the bench was our business.”