Jose Fonte reveals that Dani Osvaldo sent an apology after his alleged headbutt on the defender

Osvaldo offers apology to Fonte

Dani Osvaldo

Jose Fonte

First published in Sport Basingstoke Gazette: Photograph of the Author by , Senior Sports Reporter

José Fonte has revealed that Dani Osvaldo sent an apology following the training ground incident in which the striker allegedly headbutted the defender.

The club-record signing was suspended for two weeks by Saints last month and was subsequently loaned out to Juventus on transfer deadline day.

Fonte said there had been some communication with the striker since the incident, including a message from the Italian international saying sorry, although he explained that could not undo all the damage.

“There have been a couple of text messages, apologising and stuff,” he said. “But some things take time to heal.”

Fonte added: “He left, obviously he left for a reason, and it was for the best for the team and the club.

“We move on, I’ve moved on and he has surely moved on as well, so everything is alright.

“The club thought it was for the best, so, if the club decided that it is for the best, then, obviously, it will be best for the group.”

Saints yesterday extended their unbeaten league run to five matches, with a 2-2 draw against Stoke, but Fonte summed up the frustration among the players at failing to win all three points.

“It is a disappointing day. This is one of them days when you are ahead, when you are in a winning position, you need to close up and just not concede anymore,” he said.

“We were twice in winning positions and twice conceded sloppy goals, in my point of view.

“It was a disappointing day, frustrating not to get three points at home. At the end, we went to the dressing room feeling a little bit like we could have done more than just a draw.

“The conditions were not the best and we started the game really well. We scored, but, as I said, the first goal was a soft goal to concede.

“Then we went back in front again, so we didn’t do that badly, but at the end of the first half we conceded and that gave them the momentum.

“In the second half they closed their lines, defended for their lives. It was all us pressuring them, but we couldn’t get the third goal.

“We tried everything, but it was one of them days in the second half when we couldn’t score.”

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1:17pm Sun 9 Feb 14

Confucious says...

Mmmm...I bet Dani's favourite song is: "I did it my way."
Mmmm...I bet Dani's favourite song is: "I did it my way." Confucious
  • Score: -7

1:50pm Sun 9 Feb 14

Hamitus Prime says...

Oh big deal, got his was and now he's sorry. Whatever!!!

Only a matter of time til his next dummy spitting episode.
Oh big deal, got his was and now he's sorry. Whatever!!! Only a matter of time til his next dummy spitting episode. Hamitus Prime
  • Score: -6

2:29pm Sun 9 Feb 14

DisplacedFan says...

Confucious wrote:
Mmmm...I bet Dani's favourite song is: "I did it my way."
Following the Sinatra theme, my kind of clown, Dani is, my kind of clown.....
[quote][p][bold]Confucious[/bold] wrote: Mmmm...I bet Dani's favourite song is: "I did it my way."[/p][/quote]Following the Sinatra theme, my kind of clown, Dani is, my kind of clown..... DisplacedFan
  • Score: -9

2:49pm Sun 9 Feb 14

Costa Baz says...

If Dani moves permanently to Juventus, can we have them in a friendly before the start of next season, at SMS, so Fonte can give him a kick or two?
If Dani moves permanently to Juventus, can we have them in a friendly before the start of next season, at SMS, so Fonte can give him a kick or two? Costa Baz
  • Score: 3

3:38pm Sun 9 Feb 14

bigfella777 says...

Fonte is p1ss poor simple, he probably put a big dangerous donkey challenge on Dani in training which could of broken his leg. At the end of the day Dani is used to being around better players, I can understand his frustration.
Fonte is p1ss poor simple, he probably put a big dangerous donkey challenge on Dani in training which could of broken his leg. At the end of the day Dani is used to being around better players, I can understand his frustration. bigfella777
  • Score: -109

3:45pm Sun 9 Feb 14

Positively4thStreet says...

Certainly sheds a little more light on the reasons why he may have fallen out of favour with the fans at his previous club.
Certainly sheds a little more light on the reasons why he may have fallen out of favour with the fans at his previous club. Positively4thStreet
  • Score: 9

4:22pm Sun 9 Feb 14

Little Hitler says...

It takes a big man to apologise via text message. Dani - You've regained a tiny little bit of respect.
It takes a big man to apologise via text message. Dani - You've regained a tiny little bit of respect. Little Hitler
  • Score: -8

4:36pm Sun 9 Feb 14

Seedhouse the Unrepentant says...

Well done Dani.

Now come on Fulham!
Well done Dani. Now come on Fulham! Seedhouse the Unrepentant
  • Score: -2

4:47pm Sun 9 Feb 14

deepheat says...

Fair play Dani boy.
I am more worried Manchester United will get rid of Moyes and offer the managers job to MoPo with the objective of pinching all our young talent.
Fair play Dani boy. I am more worried Manchester United will get rid of Moyes and offer the managers job to MoPo with the objective of pinching all our young talent. deepheat
  • Score: 3

4:49pm Sun 9 Feb 14

saints80 says...

Too little, too late. It has been alleged that he found the English game too physical.......****
! Didn't seem a problem dishing out the physical stuff to his team mates. Better off in italy where theatrics are more part of the game.
Too little, too late. It has been alleged that he found the English game too physical.......**** ! Didn't seem a problem dishing out the physical stuff to his team mates. Better off in italy where theatrics are more part of the game. saints80
  • Score: 9

5:03pm Sun 9 Feb 14

Crossley Place Saint says...

According to reports in the national press, the "apology" consisted of sending Jose a text message. Big deal. And he found it "difficult" to play here, and is "pleased" to have moved to Juventus. Not to mention that Juve assessed his fitness as sub-standard because he hadn't been training properly, so he hasn't made it into their team until today. What a plonker.
According to reports in the national press, the "apology" consisted of sending Jose a text message. Big deal. And he found it "difficult" to play here, and is "pleased" to have moved to Juventus. Not to mention that Juve assessed his fitness as sub-standard because he hadn't been training properly, so he hasn't made it into their team until today. What a plonker. Crossley Place Saint
  • Score: 13

6:19pm Sun 9 Feb 14

el caballo santos101 says...

Fulham hold manure to a 2-2 draw at old Trafford, manure only 5pts ahead of us in 7th. we must now be looking at catching manure and finishing above them this season. are everton still in our sights as well?
come on saints lets finish the season strong and with a comprehensive victory over manure in the last game.
Fulham hold manure to a 2-2 draw at old Trafford, manure only 5pts ahead of us in 7th. we must now be looking at catching manure and finishing above them this season. are everton still in our sights as well? come on saints lets finish the season strong and with a comprehensive victory over manure in the last game. el caballo santos101
  • Score: 0

6:30pm Sun 9 Feb 14

johnlennonar says...

Not even a bloody public apology to the club or fans for wasting our time and dispespecting our club. IDIOT
Not even a bloody public apology to the club or fans for wasting our time and dispespecting our club. IDIOT johnlennonar
  • Score: 9

6:31pm Sun 9 Feb 14

BracknellSaint says...

el caballo santos101 wrote:
Fulham hold manure to a 2-2 draw at old Trafford, manure only 5pts ahead of us in 7th. we must now be looking at catching manure and finishing above them this season. are everton still in our sights as well?
come on saints lets finish the season strong and with a comprehensive victory over manure in the last game.
Do agree, but it makes the dropped points yesterday, Sunderland and Villa to name but a few, all the more frustrating
[quote][p][bold]el caballo santos101[/bold] wrote: Fulham hold manure to a 2-2 draw at old Trafford, manure only 5pts ahead of us in 7th. we must now be looking at catching manure and finishing above them this season. are everton still in our sights as well? come on saints lets finish the season strong and with a comprehensive victory over manure in the last game.[/p][/quote]Do agree, but it makes the dropped points yesterday, Sunderland and Villa to name but a few, all the more frustrating BracknellSaint
  • Score: 6

6:38pm Sun 9 Feb 14

saintkenny says...

bigfella777 wrote:
Fonte is p1ss poor simple, he probably put a big dangerous donkey challenge on Dani in training which could of broken his leg. At the end of the day Dani is used to being around better players, I can understand his frustration.
a bha fan harding his frustration watching poyet manage a premier league club while a mere hope for the playoffs but unlikely
[quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: Fonte is p1ss poor simple, he probably put a big dangerous donkey challenge on Dani in training which could of broken his leg. At the end of the day Dani is used to being around better players, I can understand his frustration.[/p][/quote]a bha fan harding his frustration watching poyet manage a premier league club while a mere hope for the playoffs but unlikely saintkenny
  • Score: 12

7:56pm Sun 9 Feb 14

Seedhouse the Unrepentant says...

Where we at with Lovren and Gaston? We could do with both being available and the return of Sam after his terrible bereavement.
Where we at with Lovren and Gaston? We could do with both being available and the return of Sam after his terrible bereavement. Seedhouse the Unrepentant
  • Score: 1

9:01pm Sun 9 Feb 14

Velleity says...

Seedhouse the Unrepentant wrote:
Where we at with Lovren and Gaston? We could do with both being available and the return of Sam after his terrible bereavement.
Lovren said yesterday that he's two weeks from playing. No news on Gastón.
[quote][p][bold]Seedhouse the Unrepentant[/bold] wrote: Where we at with Lovren and Gaston? We could do with both being available and the return of Sam after his terrible bereavement.[/p][/quote]Lovren said yesterday that he's two weeks from playing. No news on Gastón. Velleity
  • Score: 2

9:17pm Sun 9 Feb 14

Strasbourg Saint says...

johnlennonar wrote:
Not even a bloody public apology to the club or fans for wasting our time and dispespecting our club. IDIOT
None of us know what the club (or, for that matter, his lawyer) has told or advised Dani. For all we know he has been told NOT to say or write anything publicly about the incident.

The club dealt with it, the players had their say based on what they felt, Dani went to Juve and, in the Summer, the matter will be sorted out one way or another.

As far as I'm concerned, everything else said on the matter has been total and utter speculative b0ll0cks.
[quote][p][bold]johnlennonar[/bold] wrote: Not even a bloody public apology to the club or fans for wasting our time and dispespecting our club. IDIOT[/p][/quote]None of us know what the club (or, for that matter, his lawyer) has told or advised Dani. For all we know he has been told NOT to say or write anything publicly about the incident. The club dealt with it, the players had their say based on what they felt, Dani went to Juve and, in the Summer, the matter will be sorted out one way or another. As far as I'm concerned, everything else said on the matter has been total and utter speculative b0ll0cks. Strasbourg Saint
  • Score: 5

9:53pm Sun 9 Feb 14

hdfw09 says...

This issue should be behind us now. The focus must remain on improving position in the table. Along with getting Lovern and Gaston back. I hope Dani does well at Juventus. I hope they decide to buy him. We make a tidy profit and we can close this chapter. Let's move on! We have matches to win!
This issue should be behind us now. The focus must remain on improving position in the table. Along with getting Lovern and Gaston back. I hope Dani does well at Juventus. I hope they decide to buy him. We make a tidy profit and we can close this chapter. Let's move on! We have matches to win! hdfw09
  • Score: 8

10:31pm Sun 9 Feb 14

Baddesley Bill says...

bigfella777 wrote:
Fonte is p1ss poor simple, he probably put a big dangerous donkey challenge on Dani in training which could of broken his leg. At the end of the day Dani is used to being around better players, I can understand his frustration.
You seem upset. Probably because Brighton are making a huge loss and selling all their best players. Understandable I guess.
[quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: Fonte is p1ss poor simple, he probably put a big dangerous donkey challenge on Dani in training which could of broken his leg. At the end of the day Dani is used to being around better players, I can understand his frustration.[/p][/quote]You seem upset. Probably because Brighton are making a huge loss and selling all their best players. Understandable I guess. Baddesley Bill
  • Score: 9

10:34pm Sun 9 Feb 14

Baddesley Bill says...

Velleity wrote:
Seedhouse the Unrepentant wrote:
Where we at with Lovren and Gaston? We could do with both being available and the return of Sam after his terrible bereavement.
Lovren said yesterday that he's two weeks from playing. No news on Gastón.
They are both in training, so shouldn't be too long.
[quote][p][bold]Velleity[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Seedhouse the Unrepentant[/bold] wrote: Where we at with Lovren and Gaston? We could do with both being available and the return of Sam after his terrible bereavement.[/p][/quote]Lovren said yesterday that he's two weeks from playing. No news on Gastón.[/p][/quote]They are both in training, so shouldn't be too long. Baddesley Bill
  • Score: 1

1:21am Mon 10 Feb 14

bowl300 says...

bigfella777 wrote:
Fonte is p1ss poor simple, he probably put a big dangerous donkey challenge on Dani in training which could of broken his leg. At the end of the day Dani is used to being around better players, I can understand his frustration.
Wow, 79 thumbs down. Congratulations, that must be a record. You should change your name to littlefella-minus79
[quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: Fonte is p1ss poor simple, he probably put a big dangerous donkey challenge on Dani in training which could of broken his leg. At the end of the day Dani is used to being around better players, I can understand his frustration.[/p][/quote]Wow, 79 thumbs down. Congratulations, that must be a record. You should change your name to littlefella-minus79 bowl300
  • Score: 0

1:21am Mon 10 Feb 14

justaSaintsfan says...

The validity of Dani Osvaldo's apology depends on how and when it was made. He should immediately have apologised in person to Jose Fonte, not merely taken the small minded man's easy way out by sending a text. It takes a big man to apologise humbly to someone's face. Dani Osvaldo is therefore a cowardly, small man. I have, until now, preferred to give Osvaldo the benefit of the doubt, but not any more. Now we all know that he is a small minded, cowardly person, who isn't good enough as a man and isn't good enough a footballer to play for Saints.
The validity of Dani Osvaldo's apology depends on how and when it was made. He should immediately have apologised in person to Jose Fonte, not merely taken the small minded man's easy way out by sending a text. It takes a big man to apologise humbly to someone's face. Dani Osvaldo is therefore a cowardly, small man. I have, until now, preferred to give Osvaldo the benefit of the doubt, but not any more. Now we all know that he is a small minded, cowardly person, who isn't good enough as a man and isn't good enough a footballer to play for Saints. justaSaintsfan
  • Score: 0

1:26am Mon 10 Feb 14

hdfw09 says...

bowl300 wrote:
bigfella777 wrote:
Fonte is p1ss poor simple, he probably put a big dangerous donkey challenge on Dani in training which could of broken his leg. At the end of the day Dani is used to being around better players, I can understand his frustration.
Wow, 79 thumbs down. Congratulations, that must be a record. You should change your name to littlefella-minus79
This may very well be one of the funniest responses I have read on here. Great work Bowl!
[quote][p][bold]bowl300[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: Fonte is p1ss poor simple, he probably put a big dangerous donkey challenge on Dani in training which could of broken his leg. At the end of the day Dani is used to being around better players, I can understand his frustration.[/p][/quote]Wow, 79 thumbs down. Congratulations, that must be a record. You should change your name to littlefella-minus79[/p][/quote]This may very well be one of the funniest responses I have read on here. Great work Bowl! hdfw09
  • Score: 3

6:12am Mon 10 Feb 14

SiamSaint says...

hdfw09 wrote:
This issue should be behind us now. The focus must remain on improving position in the table. Along with getting Lovern and Gaston back. I hope Dani does well at Juventus. I hope they decide to buy him. We make a tidy profit and we can close this chapter. Let's move on! We have matches to win!
I knew there was something wrong with osdildo when he machine-gunned his own fans after scoring. Not only is it creepy, it wasn't even original (Bautistuta did it first).
[quote][p][bold]hdfw09[/bold] wrote: This issue should be behind us now. The focus must remain on improving position in the table. Along with getting Lovern and Gaston back. I hope Dani does well at Juventus. I hope they decide to buy him. We make a tidy profit and we can close this chapter. Let's move on! We have matches to win![/p][/quote]I knew there was something wrong with osdildo when he machine-gunned his own fans after scoring. Not only is it creepy, it wasn't even original (Bautistuta did it first). SiamSaint
  • Score: 0

5:07pm Mon 10 Feb 14

Velleity says...

bigfella777 wrote:
Fonte is p1ss poor simple, he probably put a big dangerous donkey challenge on Dani in training which could of broken his leg. At the end of the day Dani is used to being around better players, I can understand his frustration.
I smell seagulls.
[quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: Fonte is p1ss poor simple, he probably put a big dangerous donkey challenge on Dani in training which could of broken his leg. At the end of the day Dani is used to being around better players, I can understand his frustration.[/p][/quote]I smell seagulls. Velleity
  • Score: 0

6:01pm Mon 10 Feb 14

Fatty x Ford Worker says...

To much Spag Bowl Mush we are The Prem!
To much Spag Bowl Mush we are The Prem! Fatty x Ford Worker
  • Score: 0

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