Sunday’s clash between Newport County and Leeds United is still making headlines, with the Sky Bet League Two side revelling in their 2-1 victory over the Whites.
A Conor Shaughnessy own-goal and a Shawn McCoulsky header secured Newport a passage to the fourth-round of the FA Cup, embarrassing Leeds, who once failed to make an impact in the competition.
However, despite Newport’s heroics, it is Samuel Saiz making the headlines, after the Leeds ace was handed a six-match ban, having been found guilty of spitting at Robbie Willmott following McCoulsky’s winning goal.
The 26-year-old has been forced to issue an apology to Leeds, Newport and Willmott, which the Newport man has moved to accept on his personal Twitter account, with the 27-year-old responding with a classy message to Saiz.
Thank you to Samuel saiz for the apology , just a heat of the moment thing . I wish him and @LUFC the best for the rest of the season ⚽️
— Robbie Willmott (@WillmottRobbie) January 8, 2018
Willmott wished Leeds and Saiz all the best of the remainder of the season, brushing off any ill-feeling following Sunday’s clash.
Following Willmott’s tweet, here is how Leeds’ supporters reacted…
Very generous of you mate. Congrats for beating us yesterday, hope this doesn't sour the good recent relations with our 2 clubs. Good luck in the cup, hope you get your dream tie. It's well deserved
— Robert Hardy (@roberth70055276) January 8, 2018
And as a Leeds fan, I am sorry that one of our players reacted this way. Very disappointing. And fair play on your tweet.????
— terry waddup (@twadders) January 8, 2018
Shameful day for us tbh, not for losing but because of his actions. Takes a big man to accept an apology after something like that. Fair play mate ????
— Tony H (@Rumoydin) January 8, 2018
FairPlay Robbie, I was completely embarrassed by samus actions like most other Leeds fans. Better team won Sunday, good luck in the cup, ????you draw Man U and embarrass them. Would ease our misery a bit ????
— Lauryn Hall (@LaurynHall88) January 8, 2018
best of luck for the rest of the season Robbie
— Armo ????☀️ #NH69 ???????? (@Jordan_Armo) January 8, 2018
Bang out of order from Saiz pal. Big man for accepting his apology. Well played yesterday. Our loss but the better team on the day won it and can't help but love the 'magic' of the F.A. Cup. Good luck to all at @NewportCounty in next round. #LUFC #MOT
— Jethro (@Buzzard_Stubble) January 8, 2018
Nice of you to accept his apology. Good luck in the next round and fair play on your victory. Fully deserved.
— Jamie Collins (@LUJC83) January 8, 2018
Top professional ???? many players could learn a thing or two
— JoshP (@joshua_Proctor) January 8, 2018
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