Matt Ritchie insists his apparent handshake snub to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was “not intentional”.
Ritchie scored the winner on Sunday as Newcastle earned a surprise victory over Aubameyang’s Arsenal.
The Newcastle winger appeared to ignore Aubameyang at the full-time whistle as he celebrated with fellow goalscorer Ayoze Perez.
Matt Ritchie royally mugged off Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang at the end of yesterday's game 🎣😆 pic.twitter.com/KAmweHL1mC
— Soccer AM (@SoccerAM) April 16, 2018
But Ritchie insists that the incident was a mistake.
“I can only apologise,” Ritchie told talkSPORT’s Sports Breakfast show.
“Honestly, I didn’t see him there in the corner of my eye even though in the video it looks like I did.
“I was focused on Ayoze and it was not intentional.”