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Wigan manager Roberto Martinez apologises to Wolves for spitting incident


Wigan boss Roberto Martinez has apologised to his Wolves counterpart Mick McCarthy over the spitting incident which has seen Latics skipper Antolin Alcaraz suspended for three games.

Alcaraz has accepted an FA misconduct charge after appearing to spit at Wolves defender Richard Stearman during Sunday's Barclays Premier League clash at Molineux.

The incident happened during the latter stages of Wolves' 3-1 win and sparked a flare-up involving players from both sides.

McCarthy said: "What happened is unacceptable. I have spoken to Roberto and he apologised on behalf of the club.

"I don't think that is indicative of Wigan, of Roberto or Dave Whelan (club owner). They are lovely people, a lovely club, and I think he (Alcaraz) has just made a mistake.

"I don't know where it came from but he's made a stupid mistake and got punished with a ban, and we all think that is right."

McCarthy added: "Personally, I'd rather have a smack in the mouth than be spat upon.

"It's the worst thing you can do to a fellow professional. He will be regretting it now and will have to take the consequences."