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Premier League

Johnson accepts Mourinho apology

Andrew Johnson has accepted an apology from Jose Mourinho following claims by the Chelsea manager that the Everton striker is a serial diver.

Mourinho issued his apology on Wednesday after Everton threatened legal action and a complaint to the Football Association over Mourinho's post-match tirade. In a statement, Johnson said he had the "utmost respect" for the Chelsea manager.

Johnson said: "I am pleased that Mr Mourinho has apologised for the comments he made. I have the utmost respect for both Chelsea Football Club and Mr Mourinho as a manager. Everton football club and myself can now concentrate on the games ahead. I would like to thank Everton, my manager David Moyes, my team-mates and my agent for all their support. This is now the end of the matter."