Bristol City's Luke Ayling apologises for embarrassing his club at Cheltenham Festival
By Claire Corkery
Last Updated: 17/03/16 11:54am
Bristol City defender Luke Ayling has apologised for his part in the incident at the Cheltenham Festival.
On Tuesday, Ayling was pictured in a private box at the Festival looking on as MK Dons midfielder Samir Carruthers urinated in a glass while surrounded by racegoers.
Ayling was also pictured grinning while Northampton striker James Collins appeared to do the same and subsequently poured a glass of liquid over the balcony.
I regret...that I put myself in that situation and that I didn't remove myself from it earlier... I'm devastated it ended up in the national media and causing offence.
In a statement, Ayling said: "I would like to apologise for any embarrassment I have caused my club.
"Looking at the pictures in the cold light of day, I regret, firstly, that I put myself in that situation and secondly, that I didn't remove myself from it earlier.
"We were on a sanctioned team day out and I'm devastated it ended up in the national media and causing offence.
"I'm grateful for the thorough investigation into this matter made by the club, which has cleared my name of any indecent behaviour.
"I'm looking forward to getting back to the important business on Saturday against Bolton Wanderers at Ashton Gate and making City fans proud."
The statement comes after Carruthers apologised for his conduct at the Festival on Sky Sports News HQ on Wednesday.
Collins issued a separate statement apologising for his actions at the race course.
He said: "I have completely let myself, my family, the fans and the two clubs that I represent down and I am sorry to everyone involved."
Carruthers and Collins have both been fined two weeks' wages from their respective clubs, and Carruthers has received a further one-match ban.