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SWINDON TOWN: We're friends again
WES Foderingham will be available for selection for Swindon Town’s trip to Oxford tomorrow after he apologised to the club’s players, management and fans and accepted a fine for his reaction to being substituted in the 4-1 defeat at Preston on Sunday.
Foderingham incurred the wrath of manager Paolo Di Canio after lashing out at a water bottle and marching off down the tunnel when he was withdrawn after just 21 minutes at Deepdale, with the Italian boss branding his display on the day as one of the worst professional performances he had ever seen.
However, within 24 hours of the incident the goalkeeper and his manager had made up and, while his actions will cost him financially, Di Canio said Foderingham would still be considered for Wednesday’s starting line-up.
“He came in to see me and he apologised,” he said. “It was a moment that he felt hurt by the situation but it’s obvious that it’s an action that is unacceptable.
“It can happen, a moment of madness, and a simple substitution he went out kicking the bottle everywhere and left the ground, left his teammates.
“It’s not acceptable because I know the mentality sometimes is ‘I’m the goalkeeper, I can’t be subbed’ like there is some rules in football. When you have a bad day like he did yesterday, then you can be subbed.
“Now it’s done, he said sorry and apologised to everybody and we move on. Obviously that doesn’t mean he doesn’t have to pay something, he will have to pay the club he will be fined.
“Otherwise with (Matt) Ritchie, the next time I drop him he comes with a gun, shoots people, says sorry and escapes from a fine or punishment. This is normal but we move on. It is clear that if it happens again the same player is out for the rest of my managerial career – in here or somewhere else.
“Once it can happen - I know, I was a footballer and I can understand and I know him exactly because he’s a genuine guy, a strong character is some way. He’s a bit arrogant, I was more arrogant than him in the past in my life, it can happen.
“But there are rules you have to respect but now everything is done, we move on and we are looking forward to working together.”