Ollie apologises to Crystal Palace fans

Alex Baptiste during Saturday's game

Alex Baptiste during Saturday's game

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IAN Holloway will have a quiet word with his players about exactly how and where they celebrate goals.

As delighted as he was with the quality of Alex Baptiste’s finish at Crystal Palace, the manager was not happy that his right-back celebrated in front of the home contingent.

One incensed Eagles fan was ejected for his reaction, while there was more trouble involving another irate supporter at the end.

Holloway, who was given a standing ovation by many Palace fans on the final whistle, was quick to acknowledge that Baptiste should have celebrated elsewhere.

The manager said: “I apologise to their fans because Alex Baptiste should never celebrate in front of the other supporters. He won’t in the future – he will run to our own fans.

“Their fans didn’t like that. One bloke used foul language and was chucked out but I take responsibility for the celebration. None of my players will ever again celebrate in front of any fans other than ours. I promise football that.

“Alex didn’t mean it and he was gutted. The home fans booed him after that and that made him look like somebody he isn’t.

“He’s not that type of boy. He just made a mistake.

“I apologise to anybody who might have been offended because we are a decent people.”