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“I lost self-control and vented my frustration in an incredibly stupid manner,” Pieters said Monday. “It gradually dawned on me how badly I had behaved. I can still hardly believe it. My behavior was not only out of character but totally unacceptable. I wish to apologize sincerely and unreservedly to PSV, the fans, my friends, my family, actually to everybody.”

Apology accepted.


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