Gbeke contrite after brouhaha

BOB MACKIN, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:50 AM ET

Vancouver Whitecaps' striker Charles Gbeke has a message for fans who witnessed the quick, but shocking Friday night fight with assistant captain Wesley Charles that overshadowed a 3-2 win over Miami FC.

"I forgive [Wes] for everything, I apologize for anything I said to him to trigger him," Gbeke told 24 hours. "I'm willing to apologize in front of my fans. I'm a role model, I cannot act like that."

Gbeke scored two first half goals. He was poised to score another but passed the ball to Marlon James on a two-on-one.

"(Wes) said I should've taken a shot. I told him, no Marlon was in a better position," Gbeke said. "He didn't like the fact I told him he shouldn't worry about that stuff."

Defender Charles ran towards Gbeke. They briefly tussled before teammates intervened. Charles was red-carded. Gbeke received a yellow.

"I should've walked away from that," Gbeke said. "I did not, I tried to protect myself."

Gordon Chin replaced Gbeke in the 90th minute, but Gbeke was ejected from the bench.

"I didn't understand why my own teammate would come after me for something little like that," he said. "That's when I kicked the bottle, I shouldn't have done that, I regret it because I let the team down and the fans."

Gbeke will miss Saturday's visit to Montreal. Charles could be out longer because of the instant ejection. Both will remain Whitecaps.

"They will have to take certain consequences from the club, that is assured," head coach Teitur Thordarson said. "We will not release them."


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