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Apr 11, 2013

Mulumbu sorry for red card - again

West Bromwich Albion midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu has issued another apology for his red card at West Ham.

The Congolese midfielder is paying the price for his red mist moment against the Hammers, having been hit with a three-match ban for completely losing his cool in a 3-1 defeat at Upton Park.

Mulumbu reacted to a challenge from Gary O'Neil late on by picking the ball up and booting it at the West Ham player and was immediately dismissed by referee Andre Marriner.

He missed Saturday's 2-1 defeat at home to Arsenal, and will also sit out the games against Newcastle and Southampton.

Mulumbu has insisted he is determined to make amends to head coach Steve Clarke and his team-mates when he returns for the final four games of the season.

He said: "I want to apologise again. After it happened, I knew it was a big mistake from me. Normally, I'm calm and I love to play football.

"I was wrapped up in the atmosphere of the game and I wanted to win. I was disappointed, but it's a good lesson for me and I need to move on now. I feel like I've let my team-mates and the fans down.

Mulumbu's absence has come at a crucial time as Albion aim to record their best finish in the Premier League, but he said he wanted to make sure he was ready for the final four games against Wigan, Norwich, Manchester City and Manchester United.

"I hope I can bounce back, and when I come back I need to be fit," he said. "The best thing for me is to stay fit and focused, because there are four games when I'm back and they are hard ones, including both Manchester clubs.

"I didn't want this break - but sometimes it's good. I will be fresh, but I also have to keep working really hard with the coaches to stay fit.

"I need to give my best. I'll be available to play against Wigan and I hope I can make it up to my team-mates and the fans."

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