Bouzanis apologises for 'gypsy' slur

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Melbourne City have claimed the goalkeeper was unaware of the significance of his verbal attack on Melbourne Victory's Besart Berisha

Melbourne City goalkeeper Dean Bouzanis will apologise to Melbourne Victory striker Besart Berisha after calling him "a f***ing gypsy" in Saturday night's A-League derby.

In a statement released on Sunday, City claimed Bouzanis was initially ignorant of the significance of the slur and that the 26-year-old would undertake "an appropriate educational course" to improve his understanding of his error.

It is expected Football Federation Australia will investigate the incident, which could lead to a lengthy ban for Bouzanis.

"Bouzanis admitted making the remarks out of ignorance; however, has since understood the seriousness of his comments," City's statement read. 

"Once informed of the gravity of his actions, Bouzanis committed to redressing the offence at the earliest opportunity.

"As such, he will issue a formal and personal apology to the player and begin an appropriate educational course to rectify the gaps in his understanding."

The incident occurred after Victory's winning goal was awarded in the 86th minute at Etihad Stadium.

Berisha celebrated in front of Bouzanis - after the pair had had a running verbal battle throughout the match - and the latter reacted by repeatedly calling his opponent a "gypsy".

 

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