Kevin McDonald has apologised to Burnley’s fans, players and management after walking out of Turf Moor at half-time during last weekend’s thrashing by Manchester City to go to the pub. The Scot was subbed at the interval by manager Brian Laws with the Clarets 5-0 down.
He promptly got changed and was in the pub with his family in time to watch the second half on television. McDonald surprised punters at the nearby Knights of St Columba Club – touted as Burnley’s favourite Catholic club – by joining them for a drink.
McDonald said: “I realise it was naive, disrespectful and totally wrong of me to leave the ground at half-time Saturday.It was a gross misjudgment and, instead, I should have remained at Turf Moor to support my club and team-mates.
“I acknowledge I also showed a serious lack of respect to all the fans at the ground who pay good money to watch their team play. I would like to apologise to the players, management and supporters and I have accepted my punishment.
“In closing, I would like to reassure all supporters that I am fully committed to helping the team as we fight to stay in the Premier League.”
It is never wise to disrespect your manager like that – McDonald is definitely living outside the Laws.