MK Dons midfielder Samir Carruthers has publicly apologised for his behaviour at the Cheltenham Festival.
The former Aston Villa midfielder has also confirmed in an interview with Sky Sports that he is being internally disciplined by the club following a meeting with manager Karl Robinson and chairman Pete Winkelman.
The interview and apology comes after Carruthers was photographed urinating in a glass on the balcony of a VIP box at the horse-racing festival. The photographs were reproduced in the national media, with the photos being used on the front-page of The Sun newspaper.
In an interview broadcast by Sky Sports News HQ, Carruthers said, “I just want to say I’m sorry to everyone, my family, the club, chairman, the gaffer.
“I’ve not been raised up to do something like that and I’ve let everyone down. I’ve let the community down and I’ve let Milton Keynes down and I have to take the criticism that comes with it. It’s not something that should be laughed about.
“It’s not an example I should be giving to kids either. I’m meant to be a role model and I have to live by my actions now and I really am hurt by what I’ve done. It was a silly mistake and I just have to take everything that comes with it.”
Commenting on a meeting this morning (16/03) with the Dons’ management, Carruthers added, “They’re obviously very let down and I’m being disciplined for it. I know how much faith they had in me not to do something like that so I feel like I’ve met them down massively.
“But it’s not just them, I’ve let down the whole team, my team-mates, everyone. And I’m really sorry to Cheltenham as well because they let me in and stuff and I obviously embarrassed everyone.”
Carruthers’ apology comes after the festival organisers officially cancelled the player’s booking for today (16/03), and after Gloucestershire Police confirmed they will not be investigating the behaviour as a criminal offence.
Other players were also involved, with Northampton Town confirming loan striker James Collins is under investigation after also being photographed urinating in the photos. Shrewsbury Town, Collins’ parent club, are also investigating his conduct, while Bristol City have confirmed they will be “taking action as appropriate” after their player Luke Ayling was also photographed.