Howard sorry for outburst
American keeper apologises for swearing but stands by opinion
Last Updated: June 30, 2011 12:37pm
Howard: USA goalkeeper claims he was caught up in the heat of the moment
Tim Howard has apologised for swearing on television after the United States' defeat to Mexico in the CONCACAF Gold Cup final.
Howard won his 65th cap in the final as the USA surrendered a 2-0 lead to lose 4-2 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena.
The Everton goalkeeper was outraged that the post-match medal ceremony was conducted in Spanish, despite the game being held in California.
And although the 32-year-old stands by his opinion, he admits his use of the f-word was wrong.
"I would like to apologise for my language," he told the Liverpool Echo.
"I am the father of young children and I certainly do not believe profanity is appropriate in public comments. I was caught up in the heat of the moment.
"In any important international match with post-game ceremonies you would hope the tournament organisers would make sure the primary language of each participating team is used so the participants can understand what is being said.
"To fail to do this is, in my opinion, disrespectful to the players. When this occurs on your home soil, it is particularly insulting.
"We, as American players, were asked to participate in a post-game ceremony at a match in Los Angeles and we are standing there trying to show good sportsmanship and yet the ceremony is going on and we are just looking at one another struggling to understand a word.
"It was, to be honest, humiliating, and I firmly believe the tournament organisers should not have put us in that position."