Mike Williamson has released a statement denying the accusations by John Carver that he got himself deliberately sent off so as to avoid playing the rest of the season.

The defender also saying he is committed to fighting for his place after his suspension.

Mike Williamson:

“I would like to take this opportunity to apologise to the Newcastle United supporters and my fellow team-mates for getting sent-off during yesterday’s game.

“There was absolutely no intent to hurt Jamie or get sent-off, but I recognise that I should have been more composed and measured in my determination to win the ball.

“Unfortunately, it did the one thing that I never wanted to do, and that was to hurt the team.

“Moving forward, I will do whatever I can to help my team-mates prepare for the next two games and fight to get back into the team when I’m next available.

“I’ve had the honour to play for Newcastle United for five years now, and I can genuinely say that I feel privileged to play for this football club.  I would never do anything intentionally to hurt the team or its supporters.”

John Carver had given a number of interviews making the accusations against Williamson, including this interview with the club’s own official TV channel:

 “I am not accepting either one of them (sending offs) today, but in particular Mike Williamson’s. I’m not accepting that because in my opinion there was no need to make that tackle, the guy is off the pitch.

“He (Williamson) knows he is on a yellow card and so a two match ban now.”

‘Yeah, I think he did mean it’:

“I’m not saying he meant it, although I could be saying he meant it….yeah, I think he did mean it.

“I think he had something in his head and whether I upset him at half-time…but I can’t have that.”