Wigan defender Antolin Alcaraz has apologised to Richard Stearman after accidentally spitting at the Wolves player. The Paraguay international's actions were caught by television cameras and will now serve a three-match suspension.
"I would like to apologise for my actions following the game against Wolverhampton Wanderers last Sunday," read a statement on the club's official website.
"I apologise to anyone connected to our football club for the offence and upset that my actions have caused. I reacted wrongly after being provoked but I never meant to spit on an opposing player.
"I was having a confrontation with Christophe Berra and in wanting to show my frustration, my intention was spit on the ground beside him, which was my way of answering the verbal abuse that I was receiving.
"Unfortunately, as you can see in the video evidence, my spit, instead of finding the ground, regrettably struck Richard Steadman in the chest, and I apologise to him for this.
"I apologise to my fellow players, staff, supporters and everyone associated with Wigan Athletic for the problems this has caused.
"I am hurting now because I know I cannot help my team mates in the next three games, and for that I am very sorry.
"I will keep working hard to stay fit and be ready to help the team again as soon as the ban is over."