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Brek Shea apologizes for gesture to Barnsley fan(s)

Mar 7, 2014, 6:34 PM EST

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USMNT midfielder Brek Shea, on loan at Barnsley, has issued an apology via Twitter for an incident last weekend.

Following Barnsley’s 5-0 demolition at the hands of Huddersfield that sent them bottom of the Championship, Shea and teammate Stephen Dawson were both involved in spats with supporters.

According to the players, they were receiving abuse from a small pocket of supporters that riled them up. Allegedly, Dawson began a verbal confrontation with the fan and Shea made an offensive gesture after his teammate was restrained.

“I’m really disappointed with what was said to me,” said Dawson on Saturday through the official Barnsley website, and today, Shea echoed those sentiments.

“My actions were aimed at one person who was abusing a teammate,” the US international confirmed on Twitter.

However, Shea and Dawson both took full responsibility for their actions.

“I would like to unreservedly apologize for what happened at the end of Huddersfield match last week,” said the American.

Shea is hoping to move on from things, noting that “the best way I can show this and repay you, the fans, is with my performances on the pitch.”

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