Sani Kaita has expressed due acknowledgement of his mistake, but it seems his widely publicised plea for forgiveness has fallen on deaf ears, as some irate fans seek to lynch the Russian-based midfielder.
Nigeria's Sani Kaita exhibits his kung fu skills against Greece's Vasileios Torosidis.
The 24-year old explained why he reacted angrily, and immediately apologised for his momentary madness: "I made a mistake, he hit me with the ball and I went hard on him. I want to say sorry to my players and to all Nigerians," the disconsolate Kaita said.
Despite his generally accepted apology, an unkown number of fanatically inclined supporters have been very busy in the past 24 hours with their latest obsession - the issuance of death threats on his personal page on a social networking site.
One threat promised him the same fate of Colombian defender Andres Escobar, who was fired at 10 times on July 2nd, 1994 outside a bar in downturn Medellin, 10 days after inadvertently scoring an own goal, which put paid to their World Cup ambitions.