Paris - Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) striker Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting apologised on Wednesday for his botched goal miss that effectively prevented the club winning the French league title in record-equalling time.
Choupo-Moting gave PSG an early lead with his third Ligue 1 goal against Strasbourg on Sunday, but later in the first half somehow succeeded in turning a net-bound Christopher Nkunku shot onto the post while standing on the line.
The match ended a 2-2 draw, and the striker was widely pilloried for his miss, with footage soon going viral.
"Ups & downs, that's life! I can't change what happened but for sure I will try to do better!" the Cameroonian ex-Stoke player said on Instagram, along with a photo of him celebrating in front of the PSG fans and a video of his goal against Strasbourg.
"I am sorry for those I disappointed, but mistakes are #human, especially in sports! It's sad to see how negative things are pushed, especially by the media and brainwashing people's minds."
Choupo-Moting, who has become something of a cult hero at the Parc des Princes and has 439 000 Instagram followers, added: "Ireally like our club @psg and It was a wonderful feeling to score in front of you supporters #collectifultrasparis.
"Unfortunately after that I made the big mistake and all was forgotten! I hope that those #haters which are insulting me feel better now and find their #peace and #happiness in their own life!
"For those who are always supporting me or just understanding that mistakes can happen, I want to say thank you and big respect. I will continue to give everything."
PSG could win their sixth Ligue 1 title in seven years with a win or a draw away to Lille on Sunday.
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??????La vie est faite de hauts et de bas ! Je ne peux pas changer ce qu’il s’est passé mais ce qui est certain c’est que j’essaierai de faire mieux ! Je tiens à m’excuser auprès de ceux que j’ai déçu, l’erreur est humaine et surtout dans le milieu du sport. C’est triste de voir à quel point les médias mettent beaucoup plus en avant le négatif. J’aime vraiment notre club @psg , et c’était vraiment super de marquer devant vous, nos supporters #collectifultrasparis .Malheureusement après ça, j’ai fait cette grosse erreur et on a tout oublié . Aux « haters » qui m’insultent : J’espère que vous vous sentez mieux maintenant et que vous avez trouvé la paix et le bonheur dans vos vies. ???? Pour ceux qui me soutiennent toujours ou comprennent que des erreurs peuvent arriver ... Je tiens à vous remercier, big #respect ????? Je continuerai à tout donner???????? /// /// ??????Ups & downs , thats life ! I can’t change what happened but for sure i will try to do better ! I am sorry for those I disappointed but mistakes are #human, espescially in sports! Its sad to see how negative things are pushed ,especially by the medias and brainwashing people’s minds.I really like our club @psg and It was a wonderful feeling to score in front of you supporters #collectifultrasparis unfortunately after that i made the big mistake and all was forgotten! I hope that those #haters which are insulting me feel better now and find their #peace and #happiness in their own life! ???? for those who are always supporting me or just understanding that mistakes can happen ... I wanna say thank u and big respect ??? ??. I will continue to give everything ????????