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Written by Tom Smithies, The Daily Telegraph   
Thursday, 11 October 2007 23:00
Griffiths and linesman

A contrite Joel Griffiths last night accepted "without question" a fine from the Newcastle Jets following an altercation with an assistant referee last weekend.

Despite escaping with just a yellow card for appearing to swipe at linesman Alex Glasgow, Griffiths yesterday issued an unreserved apology and asked that the money involved be donated to a children's charity.

Half the penalty is suspended but still represents a substantial undisclosed loss to the player, who appeared to flick his hand at Glasgow over a disputed decision.

"I am sorry for my actions in the incident involving the linesman in the match against the Central Coast on the weekend," he said yesterday.

"There was never any intention to strike the linesman intentionally. However I do realise that many young people were watching the game and that it may have given the wrong impression to young kids.

"In actual fact, I went to the officials' room straight after the match to offer my sincere apologies to the linesman, who accepted my apologies.

Griffiths strikes linesman

"I play with vigour and perhaps it overflowed too much on this occasion. At the very least I am glad that this fine will be directed to a worthwhile cause and be donated to children in need."

Newcastle CEO John Tsatsimas said the move was to ensure the integrity of the club, adding: "Joel agrees wholeheartedly and takes responsibility for his behaviour and has accepted the decision of the club to impose a fine, without question."

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