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Portsmouth pair Michael Doyle and Christian Burgess apologise for dressing room bust-up

Michael Doyle is the club captain. Photo: PA

Portsmouth pair Michael Doyle and Christian Burgess have apologised for their dressing room bust-up at the weekend.

The duo were substituted at half-time after an incident in the dressing room, which reportedly left Burgess needing stitches.

Manager Paul Cook said the matter cost the team the game, as they went on to lose 2-1 against Stevenage.

Both players have released statements and have made a charitable donation.

I have made no secret about the fact that I joined Portsmouth for one reason – to gain success and help the club achieve its on-field ambitions. This is a burning desire within me that is all-consuming.

To wear the captain’s armband is the ultimate honour. However, on Saturday my desire to win unfortunately spilled over into a half-time incident for which I would like to apologise to my team-mates, management, those who work so hard behind the scenes and, most importantly, our fantastic supporters.

I cannot undo what has been done, but as we embark upon an important run of fixtures, I can assure everyone that this incident will only serve to strengthen my – and the team’s – resolve to deliver on the pitch. I am, and will continue to be, totally committed to this football club.

Having spoken with the manager and CEO, I have asked to make a donation to the club’s academy and Pompey in the Community.

– Michael Doyle
Christian Burgess reportedly needed stitches. Credit: PA

Burgess said the pair quickly resolved their differences, despite their obvious differing opinions at the time.

At half-time on Saturday, Michael and I engaged in a heated discussion that unfortunately escalated to an unacceptable point that we both regret.

Michael and I are so desperate to succeed at this football club and our desire to win clearly crossed a line.

Our differences were quickly resolved, even before the end of Saturday’s game, and I sincerely apologise to our supporters and everyone associated with the club for this incident.

After speaking with the manager and the CEO, I have agreed to make a donation to our academy and Pompey in the Community.

– Christian Burgess