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Red Bull Salzburg have issued a public apology to Sevilla after a foul-mouthed dressing room chant was directed at the Spanish side following their Champions League match on Wednesday.
The Austrian champions qualified for the knockout stages of the competition for the first time in their history with a 1-0 win at the Red Bull Arena.
Noah Okafor scored the only goal of the game after 50 minutes to send Salzburg through as runners-up in the group, behind French club Lille.
The result prompted wild celebrations in the Salzburg dressing room after the match but the Austrian side have since apologised after footage emerged of a speech during which insults could be overheard.
According to reports, the phrase “Spanish w******” was heard during the celebrations.
Salzburg took to Twitter later that evening to apologise to their opponents.
“In the emotion of what was for us such an extraordinary success, words were uttered that should not have been,” they wrote.
"Today we played against a strong and fair opponent to whom we sincerely apologise for the choice of words. Excuse us."
The club later added: "Thank you/muchas gracias Sevilla! What a pleasure it was to battle again with an absolute top-quality team! All the best for the rest of the season!"
Salzburg are the first Austrian side to reach the knockout stage of the Champions League.
In der Emotion sind bei dem für uns so außergewöhnlichen Erfolg Worte gefallen, die nicht hätten sein dürfen. Wir haben heute gegen einen starken und fairen Gegner gespielt, bei dem wir uns für diese Wortwahl ehrlich entschuldigen möchten. ¡Perdone!— FC Red Bull Salzburg (@RedBullSalzburg) December 8, 2021
Thank you/muchas gracias @SevillaFC_ENG! What a pleasure it was to battle again with an absolute top-quality team! All the best for the rest of the season!— FC Red Bull Salzburg EN (@FCRBS_en) December 8, 2021
Speaking after the match, Salzburg midfielder Brenden Aaronson said: "There's so many emotions that go into it. I think I already lost my voice and the celebrations are starting. It's so well deserved, this group deserves it, this club deserves it and it's an amazing, amazing feeling.
"It was very hard. Sevilla are a world class team and they've won Europa Leagues, they've won all these top trophies so it was such a hard game for us but to come through and get the win like we did is amazing and I'm proud of the boys.
"I think we just finished our chance when we got it, I don't think we had too many clean looks on goal but we got it, we scored and we won.”
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