Olsson sorry over Stoke smash
West Brom defender Jonas Olsson has apologised for smashing a picture in the tunnel at Stoke.
By Richard Torgerson
Last Updated: 02/03/11 12:27pm
West Brom defender Jonas Olsson has apologised for smashing a picture in the tunnel after his side's draw at Stoke.
The Swede broke the picture in a tunnel bust-up at the end of the game after getting in a row with Stoke striker Ricardo Fuller after he refused to shake his hand at the final whistle.
Stoke boss Tony Pulis demanded compensation from Olsson for the smashed memorabilia and the centre-half has offered to buy a new frame as a replacement.
"It's sad when this gets the focus instead of the good game we played," Olsson told Fotbollskanalen.
Berserk"It wasn't like I went berserk. I got annoyed and hit my arm in the wall and hit the frame.
"I apologised directly afterwards and will of course pay for it.
"It was heated at the end of the game after our equaliser. Stoke felt that it might have been offside and we were disappointed as we felt that we had good chances to win.
"Then things got irritated in the tunnel after the game with some mouthing off.
"No, I wasn't involved.
"Yes, I was annoyed when I left the pitch and then it was cramped and irritated in the tunnel and I hit my arm against the frame on the wall.
"The intention was not to break the frame, but to hit the wall. I didn't see that it had glass."
SorryOlsson admits he could understand Stoke's anger towards him for breaking the picture and that he was unhappy with Fuller for refusing to shake his hand at the end of the game.
"It was a team picture of Stoke and they thought it was disrespectful and I can agree on that. But I said I was sorry directly afterwards," added Olsson.
"I was annoyed over that, but that was on the pitch. I think that you always should shake hands after a game no matter what."
Olsson also joked that he would look to replace the picture frame at IKEA, saying: "I said that I would replace it and thought of IKEA.
"I'll have to pay for the frame and will be fined by the club."
Olsson revealed West Brom boss Roy Hodgson and his team-mates were not too fussed about the incident.
"He was pretty cool about it but thought that he could have done without it. But it wasn't like he was upset," continued Olsson.
Asked what his team-mates said, Olsson said: "Nothing really, they know that I can lose my judgement after games."