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Ipswich Town defender issues apology following red card

Ipswich Town defender Jordan Spence has issued an apology to his team-mates and the Blues fans after his red card at Fulham yesterday.

The defender was issued a 54th-minute red card after a late challenge on Fulham’s Neeskens Kabano. However the Blues were left frustrated as a heavy challenge on Freddie Sears, seconds earlier, was left without a decision by whistler Keith Stroud.

Ipswich’s numerical loss came while the Blues were leading 1-0 thanks to Joe Garner’s header, but the ten men were left humiliated as four goals inside seven minutes saw the hosts ease their way to victory.

The sending off, Spence’s first in his professional career, left him disappointed as he apologised to his team-mates and the contingent of away Ipswich supporters.

“It does look bad having watched it back but there was no intention to hurt anyone,” Spence said.

“It is the first time I have been sent off and anyone who that has followed my career knows I’m not that type of player or person. I would never try and hurt a fellow player.

“I’ve gone at speed to close him down and have gone into him and once you do that, you are at the referee’s call.

“It has affected the result and I feel terrible about that. We were right in the game until that and all I can do is apologise to the players, the staff and the supporters.”

Spence’s suspension begins this Saturday as the Blues host Sheffield United in the Emirates FA Cup, it will then carry through to the home Championship game on January 13th. The third game Spence will miss will either be the League tie with Bolton on Jauary 20 or, should it be required, then any FA Cup replay against the Blades which would likely be played on January 16th.

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