'Adrian Mutu has asked for forgiveness but I cannot accept his apology' - Romania coach Victor Piturca

Former Fiorentina forward's pleas have gone unnoticed and any chances of being allowed back in the national squad look slim after he was banned for drinking on international duty
Romania coach Victor Piturca is not willing to change his stance on Adrian Mutu's expulsion from the national team after he banned the Cesena striker for drinking while on international duty.

Last week Piturca revealed that Mutu and West Bromwich Albion defender Gabriel Tamas had been ousted from the squad on a permanent basis after both players were caught on a late night binge.

The incident happened ahead of their international friendly win over San Marino, but it was enough to see the coach wield his axe.

However, Mutu has since apologised and asked to be reinstated but, despite his pleas, Piturca insists he will not bow to the striker's reasoning.

"Mutu asked for forgiveness, but I cannot accept this," the coach is quoted as saying on Tuttomercatoweb.com.

"He called me on Sunday to say sorry, but how can I reinstate these two players back into the squad?"

Mutu, 32, could make his Serie A debut for Cesena against Atalanta on August 28.