Laws accepts McDonald apology

Midfielder included in squad for trip to Hull City on Saturday

McDonald: Will travel to Hull

McDonald: Will travel to Hull

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Burnley manager Brian Laws has described Kevin McDonald as 'an idiot' for his half-time walk-out against Manchester City, but has accepted the midfielder's apology.

"He feels a bit of an idiot and he was an idiot for doing it, but we have to draw a line under it and not further punish him."

Brian Laws.

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McDonald was fined by his club for storming away from Turf Moor after being substituted when the Clarets were 5-0 down in their eventual 6-1 defeat to City last Saturday.

The 21-year-old has since accepted his punishment and apologised for his 'naive' and 'disrespectful' behaviour.

Laws was unimpressed with McDonald, but has now moved on and will include the Scot in his squad for this weekend's vital clash at fellow Premier League relegation candidates Hull City.

"He's made an error, he has held his hand up, he has taken the punishment and he's apologised," Laws said. "What more can you ask?

"It was a judgement call he made and it was the wrong one.

"We'll draw a line under it and move on. He'll certainly be within the squad, so there's no further punishment."

Wrong decision

He added: "He feels a bit of an idiot and he was an idiot for doing it, but we have to draw a line under it and not further punish him.

"He's a nice kid, he's just had a bad day at the office and he took the wrong decision."

There have been rumours of unrest in the Burnley camp, with Laws reported to have had disagreements with Clarke Carlisle and Robbie Blake.

But the manager denied there had been any bust-ups, saying: "I can't influence what's going on on the outside.

"If people are putting rumours around like that, there is nothing I can do about it, other than to say that there has been no bust-up whatsoever.

"Obviously we have had a problem with McDonald, but there was nothing to do with Robbie at all.

"Robbie and I get on really well, there is no question about that, so end of story."