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Walser so sorry for upsetting angry Devils

By Stuart McKinley

Derrick Walser has issued an apology to the Cardiff Devils and their fans after sparking a storm BEFORE Wednesday night's Challenge Cup semi-final against the Belfast Giants.

Giants player-coach Walser started the game in the box after being slapped with a 10-minute penalty by officials for skating away from the line up while the Welsh national anthem was being played, as is tradition before all matches in Cardiff.

Walser became a target for Devils fans following the incident. He was jeered continually throughout the game, which the Giants won 5-4 thanks to a dramatic third-period comeback which culminated in Jim Vandermeer scoring a last-minute winner.

The 38-year-old has also come in for abuse on social media.

He took to Twitter himself to apologise for the incident, saying that he hadn't set out to cause offence.

Walser tweeted: "So sorry for disrespecting the NA, @cardiffdevils and the fans. It was not intentional. Thought the anthem was ending. I regret my mistake."

The Devils' official Twitter feed responded with "Diolch Yn Fawr" - which means thank you very much - and gave a thumbs up.

The teams meet again in Belfast in the second leg of the semi-final next Wednesday.

The national anthem is played before all Elite League matches in England, Scotland and Wales.

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