Kaizer Chiefs striker Gustavo Páez has expressed regret for the storm that followed Sunday’s events during the Macufe Cup match against Bloemfontein Celtic that saw him appear to ignore the coach as he tried to shake his (Páez’s) hand after being substituted.
The player was replaced in the 65th minute and the television cameras picked up that the Venezuelan did not shake hands with the coach, as is the norm, and it was concluded that he was unhappy to come out.
“There was no bad intent on my part as I have a great relationship with the coach,” comments Páez. “It was a case of misunderstanding.
“I admit that it looked bad and for that reason I apologise sincerely to the Chairman, the club, my teammates, sponsors, supporters and all the stakeholders for this unfortunate incident.”
The club has implemented necessary internal steps to ensure that the matter is put to bed and the team can focus on Sunday’s Telkom Knockout Last 16 game against Black Leopards.