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April 25, 2010
Altidore on his head butt: 'stupid, immature, costly mistake'

Jozy Altidore will be suspended a minimum of three games.
Jozy Altidore will be suspended a minimum of three games.
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Former Red Bulls striker Jozy Altidore might have had his problems finishing for Hull City FC this season, but what the head but did on Saturday all but but finished his season.

Altidore, who has struggled to find playing time and filling the net as a loan player with Hull City FC, has all but finished his English Premier League season after he head butted Sunderland defender Alan Hutton.

Hutton suffered a cut eye, smashed nose and a chipped tooth in the English Premier League match.

"I'm so sorry about yesterday," Altidore said on twitter Sunday morning. "Made a stupid, immature and costly mistake. I apologize to Hull City and the fans who I let down. I let my emotions get the best of me and lost my composure. Believe it or not this year playing for hull was to date the best trip I've ever been on."

Altidore, who was transferred from the Red Bulls to Villarreal for an American record $10 million, faces a three-game suspension from the EPL. He will miss the final two matches of the season on a league suspension as Hull dropped a 1-0 decision to Sunderland, effectively sealing their fate to be demoted.

Considered the American' best forward for the upcoming World Cup, Altidore was given his marching orders late in the opening half when he and Hutton battled for the ball. Hutton threw the ball at the 20-year-old forward's head. Altidore head-butted Hutton and both players were red carded by referee Lee Probert.

"Jozy reacted stupidly. I'm not going to defend my player," Hull manager Iain Dowie told reporters afterwards. "He'll be disciplined because of it. It's not acceptable. In a big, big game, he's let his teammates down.''

Sunderland manager Steve Bruce could not believe what had transpired.

"The incident after that is totally ridiculous," he told the media. "Hutton's got a cut eye, a smashed nose and a chipped tooth so he's close to having really serious facial injuries. That for me doesn't warrant the same punishment but the letter of the law is if you throw the ball I do believe it's a red card."
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