Roy Hodgson apologises after throwing armband in memory of Ray Barlow

Hodgson apologises after throwing away armband worn in memory of Baggies legend

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13:50 GMT, 26 March 2012

West Brom manager Roy Hodgson has apologised after he threw away an armband worn in memory of late Albion legend Ray Barlow during Sunday's 3-1 defeat to Newcastle.

Hodgson was seen to tear off the armband and throw it to the ground after the Magpies scored their third goal at the Hawthorns.

Furious: Hodgson was forced to apologise after tearing off the armband and throwing it to the ground

Furious: Hodgson was forced to apologise after tearing off the armband and throwing it to the ground

Furious: Hodgson was forced to apologise after tearing off the armband and throwing it to the ground

Furious: Hodgson was forced to apologise after tearing off the armband and throwing it to the ground

Hodgson said: 'It is something I did without thinking out of pure frustration at conceding the third goal.

'I meant no disrespect by it to such a great player, nor his family, and offer my sincere apologies if it has caused offence.'

A minute's applause was held before Sunday's game in honour of Barlow, who made 482 appearances for Albion between 1944 and 1960 and passed away earlier this month at the age of 85.