Aleksandar Mitrovic has forgiven Aboubakar Kamara for almost costing Fulham victory against Huddersfield by seizing and missing the late penalty Mitrovic should have taken.
Kamara argued with Mitrovic – the club’s designated penalty-taker – and appeared to have cost them a vital victory when Terriers goalkeeper Jonas Lossl saved his kick to keep the match goalless.
Fulham manager Claudio Ranieri was so incensed he is considering dropping Kamara for Tuesday’s fixture at Arsenal, but Mitrovic, whose stoppage-time finish ultimately earned the Cottagers the three points, was in a more forgiving mood.
“He’s a striker, he’s hungry for goals as well, maybe he wanted to score as well and he scored his last penalty,” the Serbian said.
“It’s normal. He’s young; these kind of things can happen. It’s normal.
“You need to take care of each other. We had a bit of an argument but in the end he took the ball and I wished him luck and told him to stay focused and score. That’s what he’d do as well.
“If he’d scored I’d have celebrated with him, like I scored. The most important thing is we got the three points and everything is behind us.”
Fulham have vowed to take the “strongest possible action” after Kamara was racially abused on social media following his miss.
“We are aware that numerous damaging and hurtful comments have been posted on Aboubakar Kamara’s social media account, and as a club that prides itself on our respect and civility, we condemn anyone who may be associated with this repulsive activity,” a club spokesman said in a statement.
“This is not representative in the least of genuine Fulham supporters, many of whom have posted messages of support and encouragement to the player.
“The club will provide all necessary support to Aboubakar and will take the strongest possible action against those identified and responsible for these posts.”