Ghana midfielder Andre Ayew has issued an apology over the reaction when he was substituted in their match against Malawi but says he is unsure whether he committed any offense.
The Marseille midfielder is unhappy with the Ghana Football Association’s handling of the episode which led to the ultimatum.
He was issued with an ultimatum to apologise for his actions when he was substituted during the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Malawi last week.
According to local media reports, Ayew directed some unpleasant words and gestures at the technical bench when he was taken off during the game.
He was given the one-week ultimatum to apologise to the Black Stars Technical Team, playing body and management for the action.
Despite issuing the apology, Ayew does not recognise that he did any wrong with his actions describing the accusations as ‘alleged’.
“I have decided to apologise since I have been informed that the Black Stars Management Committee, the technical team and the playing body are said to be gravely unhappy with my alleged disrespectful conduct,” Ayew said in the letter to the GFA which was widely circulated to the media.
The youngster sharply contradicted himself in the same letter when he accepted that he was disappointed with his substitution.
“In football, it is very common for players to express disappointment in very strong and emotional terms when they are substituted,” he said the letter.
“I have often shown commitment to the national team and have a good disciplinary record and would not do anything to mar it.”
His major gripe appears to be that the Ghana FA made public their ultimatum rather than keep the matter private.
Ayew said he was shocked to have received a letter from the Ghana FA two days after the matter had become a subject for public discussion and media reviews.
“Over the years I have demonstrated total commitment to my country as a footballer”
“I believed that a few days having passed, my alleged conduct would have been pardoned or overlooked as one of those emotional moments which occur during the beautiful game of soccer,” wrote Ayew.
“This would have spared me the exposure to public discussion over my conduct, the details and circumstances of which the public do not have the benefit of.”