'I am aware this was uncalled for' - Cardiff star apologises for Tweet
Cardiff back Mathew Morgan has apologised for comments he made about the United Rugby Championship (URC)and the Welsh government earlier in the week on social media.
Morgan was one of a number of Cardiff players touring South Africa who were left stranded in the Rainbow Nation after travel restrictions and an outbreak of Covid-19 in the squad thwarted their return to the UK.
Concern over the new Omicron variant led the UK government to put South Africa on the red list and returnees have to quarantine for 10 days.
Morgan – clearly frustrated at the predicament he and his team faced – took to social media to vent his frustration.
Morgan tweeted: “What a shambles of a league the URC is. Shocking they dragged us out to South Africa in the first place and can’t even fly us home. And the Welsh government is getting more of a joke day by day. GET US THE FUCK OUT OF HERE YOU CLOWNS.”
The former Wales international – known as Nipper – has now apologised for his ‘out of character’ Tweet.
“As reflection of my previous post, I am aware this was uncalled for and written in heat of the moment, which is out of character for me.
“It’s been a very stressful, uneasy time for all and my anxiety has been triggered by my heavily pregnant partner back home.
“I apologise for any offence caused and remain grateful for all the continued support.
“Wishing myself and the rest of team a safe journey home and exciting season ahead.”
He titled the Tweet with: “Nipper is the clown”.
— Matthew Morgan (@matthewmorgan23) December 4, 2021
The URC stated that they intend for the postponed games to be played this season.
“After a successful beginning to the inaugural URC campaign, the league remains committed to the format and ensuring all games are played. Work has already begun on rescheduling the games postponed in R6 and R7 but it must be made clear that the welfare of our teams and players must come first.”
Earlier in the week the EPCR relaxed player registration rules in response to the plight of four sides who found themselves stranded in South Africa, but stressed that there are no spare weekends to accommodate postponements.
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