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Cardiff player sorry after mocking Derby player’s manhood and made jibes at two others

Cardiff City captain Sean Morrison has apologised to manager Neil Warnock after using offensive language to taunt Derby players in a social media video.

Footage showed Morrison claiming Derby’s players were “all scared of playing” Cardiff following his side’s postponed match against them in March.

In the footage, which emerged on social media, Morrison first seemed to take aim at Rams skipper Richard Keogh, accusing him of being a “mug” and “s*** at football”.

The 27-year-old then turned his attention to former Reading team-mate Alex Pearce and finally Jason Shackell, who is currently on loan at Millwall.

Warnock revealed he had also seen a video from Derby’s players and described the incident as “banter”.

“I’ve told him I’m disappointed with him and he’s apologised,” he said.

“Even if it was in jest between two mates in a pub, there’s certain language you shouldn’t use and you can’t condone that sort of thing. I think he understands that, he’s really apologetic.”

Warnock said there was rivalry but also friendship between the promotion-chasing sides, but has warned his players both about the dangers of social media and for other videos from the exchange – said to have taken place last month – to be kept out of the public eye.

“Whilst I don’t condone the language, which leaves a lot to be desired, our lads have got videos of them as well,” added Warnock, whose side face leaders Wolves at Cardiff City Stadium on Friday night.

“It was between themselves, a lot of banter.

“When you first hear about that you think ‘oh no’ but I’ve seen the videos our lads have got, which we’re not prepared to release. You realise it’s a lot of banter and a lot of hot air.

“I’ve seen the one they sent us – there’ll be more headlines on that if we let that go out!

“I told Morrison I don’t want any of the videos with the Derby lads involved or anything going out there, we don’t want tit for tat.

“It’s two high spirited teams doing very well and a lot of rivalry and friendship as well. But alcohol’s a funny thing.

“I don’t understand it but it was in good banter and it was two weeks ago, it’s only just come out for whatever reason, one of their lads must have let it out to somebody. I don’t want us to get our own back… let’s move on.

“Social media is a dangerous thing and they’ve got to be warned about that. Maybe just a flippant comment on the night but nowadays nothing is sacred, it frightens me to death just answering the phone!”

Derby and Cardiff are due to meet at Pride Park Stadium on Tuesday, April 24, in a rearranged Sky Bet Championship fixture.


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