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Oct 21, 2008   |  9:39PM AET

Archie apologises to Victory fans

Archie apologises to Victory fans

Melbourne Victory today announced that it has accepted the independent Match Review Panel’s decision handed to Archie Thompson for use of offensive language against a match official.

Melbourne Victory today announced that it has accepted the independent Match Review Panel-s decision handed to Archie Thompson for use of offensive language against a match official.

Thompson-s sanction is the mandatory match suspension (which is the minimum sanction) plus an additional match imposed by the independent Match Review Panel, giving a total of two matches.

Thompson said he is remorseful and regrets his actions, which took place during the second half of Victory-s match against Newcastle Jets at EnergyAustralia Stadium on Saturday.

“I realise I-ve let the club and my teammates down and have apologised to the Coach and the playing group,” Thompson said.

“My actions were out of character, but it doesn-t change the fact that I made an error.

“I would like to apologise to Matthew Breeze, as well as the large contingent of Victory members and supporters and football fans in general.”

Thompson, and fellow suspended striker Ney Fabiano, will be available for Victory-s Round 11 match against Queensland Roar at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday, 8 November.