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Monday 5 December 2016

Dub Doyle sorry over Fratton Park fracas with a team-mate

Michael Doyle
Michael Doyle

Former Ireland international Michael Doyle has issued a public apology to Portsmouth fans for his part in a dressing-room row with a team-mate last weekend.

Dubliner Doyle, who is the club captain, and his fellow Pompey player Christian Burgess were both substituted by boss Paul Cook at half time during last week's league defeat to Stevenage, after the pair had a bust-up.

Doyle, capped once at senior level in 2004, admits that "passion" took over and he has said sorry.

"I have made no secret about the fact that I joined Portsmouth for one reason - to gain success and help the club achieve its on-field ambitions. This is a burning desire within me that is all-consuming," he said in a statement on the club's website.

"To wear the captain's armband is the ultimate honour. However, on Saturday my desire to win unfortunately spilled over into a half-time incident for which I would like to apologise to my team-mates, management, those who work so hard behind the scenes and, most importantly, our supporters.

"I cannot undo what has been done but I can assure everyone that this incident will only serve to strengthen my - and the team's - resolve to deliver on the pitch. I am, and will continue to be, totally committed."

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