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NI footballer begs forgiveness for 'real stupidity' following lewd video row

Gavin Whyte engaging in lewd behaviour in Belfast city centre. A video of the incident was shared on social media
Paul Ainsworth

Northern Ireland footballer Gavin Whyte has urged forgiveness from fans after a video of him committing a lewd act in Belfast city centre was shared on social media.

The 22-year-old, who also plays for Oxford United FC, issued an apology on his Twitter account on Wednesday. He condemned his actions, which came to light when the video began circulating earlier this week.

Speaking of the clip, in which he appears semi-naked with a friend, Whyte said: "I want to thank everyone for the nice messages and hopefully they can see it for what it is, a drunk night out where I did something childish and wrong.

Gavin Whyte in action for Northern Ireland

"It happened and now I have to try and move on. I have so many good people around me and all I can do is concentrate on my football and hope that the Oxford and Northern Ireland fans can forgive me for a moment of real stupidity."

Oxford United has confirmed that they will discipline Whyte, while NI manager Michael O'Neill called the behavior "clearly unacceptable".

In his Twitter statement, Whyte added: "By now people have seen the video and have made up their minds about it. I apologise to anyone I offended. All I can say is that I was stupid, it shouldn't ever have happened and I completely regret being part of it."

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