Di Canio holds talks with Foderingham

Mon, 03 Sep 15:55:53 2012

Swindon boss Paolo Di Canio has held clear-the-air talks with Wes Foderingham, less than 24 hours after publicly criticising the young goalkeeper.

Di Canio blamed Foderingham for Preston's opening goal during Sunday's 4-1 npower League One defeat, and after the 21-year-old reacted angrily to being substituted, Di Canio called him "arrogant" and "ignorant" and demanded that he openly apologise or be dropped.

This afternoon it appears Foderingham has said sorry to Di Canio, and the Italian confirmed via a statement on the club's official website, swindontownfc.co.uk: "Wes has apologised. The situation is now clear and we will move on and work together. He is a genuine guy and a strong character."

He went on: "The rules are there and he will pay his price for his actions. He has been fantastic for us last and this season, but he didn't behave well on Sunday.

"He will have his chance to be a part of the team and be available for selection against Oxford on Wednesday night."

Foderingham was at fault for the first Preston goal on Sunday, hesitating over a clearance which then rebounded off Stuart Beavon into the path of Akpo Sodje to score.

After 22 minutes, with Swindon losing 2-0, Di Canio replaced Foderingham with teenager Leigh Bedwell.

Foderingham, clearly angered at the substitution, made his way straight down the touchline to the dressing room, taking his frustration out on a water bottle en route, before watching the second half of the game from the stands instead of the bench.

Following the game, Di Canio launched into a stinging criticism of the goalkeeper.

He said: "He was one of the worst players I have ever seen. He's another player like the others, why can't we change the goalkeeper? Because the goalkeeper has a different coloured shirt?"

 

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