It takes a big man to apologise and admit when they have been in the wrong.
By saying sorry for leaving the club which pays his wages in the lurch at Norwich City, Fernando Forestieri took the first steps on the road to redemption yesterday.
As the 26-year-old striker conceded in his statement, his behaviour has been inexcusable. In refusing to travel and play against the Canaries, Forestieri let himself, his teammates, the club and fans down big time.
There has been plenty of transfer talk surrounding Forestieri over the last week but you have to still turn up, be professional and do your job. He allowed Derby County and Newcastle United’s interest to affect him. As a result, Forestieri has been fined and dealt with accordingly.
It is a victory for common sense and you have to commend Wednesday for taking swift, decisive action. The club acted quickly, diffusing the situation before it could have got even more out of hand.
As for Forestieri, he has to win head coach Carlos Carvalhal and the supporters’ trust back. How does he do that? By letting his feet do the talking. Scoring a few goals would go a long way to getting everyone back on his side.
Carvalhal has made it clear he wants to move on from the saga. He is prepared to forgive and forget.
More than 2,000 people voted in a poll conducted by The Star online yesterday and 81 per cent said they can forgive Forestieri for his indiscretion.
Some fans have turned against Forestieri. Others are willing to give him a second chance to rebuild his damaged reputation. Either way, Wednesday need him and he needs Wednesday right now.