LEEDS star Samu Saiz has been banned for six games after being charged with spitting at Newport's Robbie Willmott during yesterday's FA Cup tie.
The 26-year-old was sent off by ref Mike Dean in injury time as the League Two side stunned the Championship club 2-1 – and has since issued a grovelling apology for his actions.
He said: "I would like to take this opportunity to sincerely apologise to the players, staff and supporters of Leeds United for my behaviour in yesterday’s game at Newport County AFC.
"I would also like to apologise to Newport County AFC and Robbie Willmott for my actions.
"I accept the punishment handed to me by The FA.
"My actions are inexcusable, I give my word to all those connected to Leeds United Football Club that I will learn from this situation and never repeat it."
Saiz's vile act came just moments after Shawn McCoulsky netted the Welsh side's dramatic winner.
TV cameras missed the incident but showed a furious Willmott clearly showing the officials something on his jersey.
The two sets of players then came together in a melee before Dean brandished a red card to the substitute.
When asked about the incident after the game, Leeds boss Thomas Christiansen said: "I don't know, I didn't see it.
"I don't know, when I know I will come back. If it's right, why he got the red card, it's a problem."
Saiz was previously accused of spitting by then Port Vale boss Michael Brown in August but was cleared of wrongdoing.
Christiansen's side lie sixth in the Championship, six points behind second-placed Derby.
Defender Gaetano Berardi gave the visitors the lead in the ninth minute with his first career goal.
And they maintained their lead until the 75th minute when Conor Shaughnessy sliced the ball into his own net.
But it was McCoulsky who proved the hero.
He leaped highest in the dying embers to put Newport in the fourth round draw for the first time in nearly 40 years.
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