Swansea City star issues apology as Millwall boss fumes over 'punch' incident

Japhet Tanganga of Millwall and Jerry Yates of Swansea City come to blows
Japhet Tanganga of Millwall and Jerry Yates of Swansea City come to blows -Credit:Copyright (c) 2024 Shutterstock

Swansea City striker Jerry Yates has apologised for appearing to strike an opponent during the 1-0 home defeat against Millwall. The incident angered Lions boss Neil Harris, with defender Japhet Tanganga also sent off for his role in the altercation.

What had been a largely flat end-of-season affair burst in to life in the final quarter. Matt Grimes saw his penalty saved by Millwall goalkeeper Matija Sarkic, and Casper De Norre fired the visitors ahead before an ugly confrontation between Swansea substitute Yates and Tanganga saw the pair sent off.

Harris said: "At the time I only saw Yates' punch. He deserved to go, it angered me. I've seen it back and there was a scuffle before it. I think that's down to the panel to decide do they both deserve to go?

Swansea City end season with defeat as violent clash sees two sent off

"Japhet has told me he hasn't swung a punch, but you've got to be careful if you push a player how that's interpreted by the referee."

Swansea boss Luke Williams said Yates had apologised for his role in the incident, saying the striker was "antagonised and reacts badly".

The Swans finished 14th, two points below Millwall, and Williams admits he has a busy summer ahead following his January appointment.

Williams said: "It's a disappointing way to end, but we have to draw the line under this season and look forward to the next one.

"If anyone felt there wasn't work to do, they must be crazy. This is another example of why we need to improve, this was a winnable game.

"We've come a long way from the beginning of my reign here.

"We take the ball off the opposition pretty well and we're able to build up well with the ball and get to the final third but we need to find more solutions to scoring goals."