Sol Bamba issues apology after his Portman Road meltdown

Cardiff City manager Neil Warnock hangs onto Sol Bamba as he argues with fourth official Charles Bre

Cardiff City manager Neil Warnock hangs onto Sol Bamba as he argues with fourth official Charles Breakspear after he had been sent off in the Ipswich Town v Cardiff City match at Portman Road. Picture: Steve Waller - Credit: Picture: Steve Waller

Cardiff City defender Sol Bamba has issued a public apology for his fit of rage and resultant red card during Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Ipswich Town at Portman Road.

The 31-year-old Ivorian international, who has been handed a two-match ban but could face further FA action, was dismissed in the 70th minute after reacting wildly to being on the receiving end of a Jonathan Douglas foul.

Bamba pushed over his own physio, had to be restrained when trying to get to Douglas, then angrily confronted the fourth official. After being dismissed, he ended up grappling with his own boss, Neil Warnock.

“I want to apologise to the Cardiff City supporters, my team-mates and manager for my conduct during Saturday’s game at Ipswich,” Bamba wrote in a statement issued by the Welsh club.

“Whilst I was extremely angry with the challenge on me at the time, it did not condone my reaction and I accept that the referee had no choice but to show me a red card. I’ve spoken to my manager and team-mates and apologised to them in person.

“I’ve had a fantastic time at Cardiff City since joining in October and I look forward to returning. My intention will then be to make further amends with my performances on the pitch.”

Meanwhile, Town manager Mick McCarthy has revealed that Cardiff manager Warnock failed to mention the Douglas tackle which triggered Bamba’s outburst when the pair spoke on the phone on Sunday.

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In his post-match press conference Warnock had pointed the finger at the Town midfielder, saying “Douglas was clever. Douglas was smirking when he came off and I’m sure when you see it in slow motion you’ll see he leaves his studs in.”

“I spoke to Warney yesterday morning and there was not a mention of that,” said McCarthy. “He’s a great one at deflecting. All he said was you can’t condone what he (Bamba) did and said nothing about Dougie.”

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