St Albans City's John Frendo sorry for skipping FA Cup tie
St Albans City striker John Frendo has apologised for missing his side's FA Cup tie on Saturday - in favour of attending El Clasico.
The 29-year-old was absent from the 1-0 defeat by Concord Rangers - losing out on a first-round tie at Mansfield.
"I would like to apologise to all connected with St Albans City Football Club," said Frendo.
"Especially our supporters, my team-mates and my managers Jimmy [Gray] and Graham [Goulds].
"I recognise that the FA Cup is important to a club at our level. I regret missing the match on Saturday - the extent of the reaction surprised me.
"The club has imposed a maximum fine upon me, which I have accepted, and I am now hoping to be able to make a positive contribution to our forthcoming league, Senior Cup and FA Trophy fixtures. I would like to add that I am enjoying my time at Clarence Park."
The Saints, who play in the Conference South, would have earned £12,000 in prize money and half of the ticket sales at Mansfield had they progressed.
Frendo, a former Cambridge City and Chesham striker, was the club's top scorer last season, finding the net 43 times in 54 appearances.
|FA Cup first round facts|
|First-round winners will receive £18,000 in prize money||League One leaders Bristol City, the highest ranked side at this stage of the draw, are away to Gillingham|
|Northern Premier League Division One North side Warrington Town and Conference South team Gosport Borough are appearing in the first round for the first time||Three-time FA Cup winner Phil Neville made the draw along with Derbyshire FA's Community Coach of the Year Tammy Snape before a 300-strong audience at the National Football Centre at St George's Park|