Harry Kewell apologises for altercation with disgruntled Crawley Town fans
Harry Kewell has "apologised for any misunderstanding" regarding "exaggerated" reports of a furious confrontation with Crawley Town fans.
The Socceroos legend was embroiled in a post-match storm after Saturday's 4-0 defeat to Wycombe Wanderers left his League Two side in 21st place and outside the bottom three only on goal difference.
UK media allege at full-time Kewell approached a group of angry supporters and reportedly had to be held back by security and his own players.
In a statement issued by Crawley Town, the 39-year-old set the record straight and said "exaggerated comments" were off the mark.
"While I did approach a disgruntled fan at full-time, it was merely to hear his concerns," Kewell said.
"At no time did anyone need to hold me back.
"In hindsight, I should have just gone straight to the changing rooms given that emotions were running high.
"I apologise for any misunderstanding.
Statement from Harry Kewell following yesterday's game: https://t.co/as1XJbW58q— Crawley Town FC (@crawleytown) November 19, 2017
"I believe that fans are the backbone of any club and I have always applauded their passion. I understand and share their frustration at this time."
Kewell was appointed as Crawley manager in May -- the former Leeds United and Liverpool winger's first head coaching job -- after being let go by Premier League side Watford following a string of poor results as coach of the Under-23s.
He has recently come under fire on social media from fans frustrated their club have only four wins and 17 points from 18 league matches, and are without a victory in seven games.