Midfielder Jacob Mellis has today issued the following statement:
I wish to make a sincere and unreserved apology to the owners, the manager, my team-mates and the supporters of Mansfield Town for breaching club regulations on Thursday 16 August.
Even though I was, at the time, suspended from playing following the red card at Newport County in the first game of the season, I accept that it was improper for me to be in a public environment at an inappropriate time ahead of a matchday.
It was an error of judgement on my part. I take full responsibility for my actions and accept the club’s disciplinary action.
As stated above, my apology is extended to the club’s supporters, who have been overwhelmingly supportive towards me since I signed for the club in May 2017 and I want to repay their support with determined and dedicated performances on the pitch.
I want to now put this behind me and I am absolutely determined, more than ever, on focussing towards helping the club fulfil its ambitions this season.