Coventry manager apologises to ‘smirking’ Wolves ball boy after FA Cup row and says ‘I shouldn’t have done that’

MARK ROBINS has apologised after celebrating in front of a Wolves ball boy.

The Coventry manager admitted “I shouldn’t have done that” as he said sorry for his antics during their FA Cup quarter-final win.

Mark Robins has apologised for celebrating in front of a Wolves ball boy


Mark Robins has apologised for celebrating in front of a Wolves ball boyCredit: ITV Sport

Robins’ passionate celebration in front of the ball boy came after Haji Wright’s stoppage time winner at Molineux.

Coventry had led before Wolves turned the match on its head late on.

However, Ellis Simms equalised in added time before Wright bagged the winner in the 10th minute of stoppage time.

Speaking after the match, Robins said: “I apologise to the Wolves ball boy. He didn’t pick up the ball and smirked… when we scored the winner, I celebrated in front of him – I shouldn’t have done that.”

The former Manchester United hero added: “It really annoyed me, but he’s a kid, at the end of the day I have reacted, we scored the goal and I went and celebrated in front of him.

“I apologise to him. I do not show emotion very often and before that happened I apologise to him, I don’t show emotion very often but that is what the FA Cup does to you. I apologise unreservedly to him.”

Wolves boss Gary O’Neil had branded Robins’ celebrations “disgusting” during his own post-match press conference.

O’Neil fumed: “He apologised but to celebrate in a young boy’s face is disgusting. The boy is really upset. It shouldn’t happen.


“I thought it was really important for me to speak to Mark about it because they’re just kids doing a job.”

Coventry now go into Sunday’s semi-final draw to discover who they will face at Wembley Stadium next month.

Wolves 2 Coventry 3, Coventry fans go wild in the stands over win that will take them to Wembley

The draw will be held after the conclusion of the final quarter-final between Manchester United and Liverpool.

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