Roy Hodgson apologises after throwing down armband


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West Brom head coach Roy Hodgson has apologised after he threw away an armband worn in memory of late Albion legend Ray Barlow during yesterday's 3-1 defeat to Newcastle.

Hodgson was seen to tear off the armband and throw it to the ground after the Magpies scored their third goal at the Hawthorns.

Hodgson said: "It is something I did without thinking out of pure frustration at conceding the third goal.

"I meant no disrespect by it to such a great player, nor his family, and offer my sincere apologies if it has caused offence."

A minute's applause was held before yesterday's game in honour of Barlow, who made 482 appearances for Albion between 1944 and 1960 and passed away earlier this month at the age of 85.