Fabricio Coloccini issues apology to Newcastle fans

APOLOGY ... Fabricio Coloccini, right.
APOLOGY ... Fabricio Coloccini, right.

FABRICIO Coloccini has apologised to Newcastle United fans for the club’s heavy defeat at the Etihad Stadium.

Coloccini was in the side hammered 5-0 by Manchester City a week ago.

I cannot apologise enough – it just wasn’t good enough

Fabricio Coloccini

Newcastle conceded a penalty, converted by Sergio Aguero, just 28 seconds into the game.

United’s afternoon steadily unravelled from that moment on.

Edin Dzeko and Samir Nasri also netted before the break, and David Silva struck twice in the second half.

And Coloccini, the club’s captain, has issued an apology through his column in the programme for this afternoon’s home game against relegation-threatened Aston Villa (3pm kick-off).

Coloccini wrote: “Last weekend we went to Manchester City, who are one of the best teams in the country and very tough to play against.

“We made it even more difficult by conceding a penalty so early on, and from then on they kept the ball well and we couldn’t get near them.

“In the dressing room after the match, everyone was disappointed, not just for ourselves but for you as well, because 2,000 of you travelled long distances to the match and had nothing to cheer or sing about.

“I cannot apologise enough for that because it just wasn’t good enough.

“We have gone through the game in details this week and talked about what happened, and that will help us going into today’s fixture.

“It is a very difficult opponent we face, as Aston Villa are in the relegation zone and probably low on confidence, but we cannot take them lightly.”

Meanwhile, Jonas Gutierrez, Coloccini’s Argentinian countryman, took to Twitter ahead of the Villa game.

Gutierrez, back in the squad for the first time since beating testicular cancer, is likely to be on the bench after proving his fitness.

The 31-year-old tweeted: “Morning to everyone. Time to wake up. Special day. Come on newcastle.”

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