Sheffield Wednesday: Fernando Forestieri admits he made a mistake in new statement

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Fernando Forestieri admits he made a mistake in refusing to play for Sheffield Wednesday and has asked for forgiveness.

Forestieri chose not to travel for Wednesday's trip to Norwich City on Saturday, casting doubt over his future at the club.

But he apologised to teammates and club staff yesterday and today, ahead of tonight's trip to Burton Albion, has issued a statement via the Owls' official website.

In the statement, the forward insists he never wanted to leave Hillsborough and says the situation is now resolved.

Forestieri's statement read: "Following the events of last weekend, I would now like to make my position 100 per cent clear to hopefully allow a line to be drawn beneath this situation.

"I accept my actions were unprofessional and unacceptable and to that end, I apologised sincerely to my team mates, the head coach and all the coaching staff first thing on Monday morning.

"I also apologised to our fantastic supporters, who have been so kind to me since I arrived at Sheffield Wednesday.

"I would now like to also apologise to our chairman. I was wrong and did not show him the respect he deserves. He has shown full support throughout the last few days, for which I offer my genuine gratitude.

"There have been misunderstandings but I am very pleased to say that this situation is now resolved.

"I can only repeat that never once did I even consider leaving Sheffield Wednesday, and I am sorry if anyone ever thought that was the case.

"If I could turn back the clock I would but I cannot. Sometimes in life you have to make mistakes so you can learn from them.

"All I can do is ask for forgiveness from everyone who has been so supportive towards myself and my family during my very happy time at Hillsborough so far.

"My heart is with Sheffield Wednesday and I now wish to put these events behind me, concentrate completely on my football and help this wonderful club move towards the success we all desire."