- Premier League
Sunderland lift Bardsley ban
Sunderland have lifted Phil Bardsley's suspension after the defender apologised for his actions during the course of the previous few months.
Bardsley had initially been banned from both the Stadium of Light and Sunderland's training ground following a series of disciplinary incidents, including being photographed on the floor of a local casino covered in £50 notes before being found to be mocking the club on social media following their opening day defeat to Fulham.
Releasing a statement via the club's official website, Bardsley said: "I would like to apologise to the club and supporters for my comments made on social media. I understand how they may have been interpreted and it was a serious error of judgement. I accept the punishment that has been handed to me by the football club and will now focus my attention and efforts on rehabilitation and regaining my fitness."
It was thought the defender would be able to secure a move away from Sunderland this summer, with Fulham showing strong interest early on. However he suffered a broken foot during a development squad game that scuppered the likelihood of any transfer.
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