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Sunderland full-back Phil Bardsley has had a club suspension overturned after apologising for mocking his side's Premier League loss to Fulham on the season's opening day.
The 28-year-old former Manchester United player was banned by Sunderland after reacting to the 1-0 loss with a comment on social media website Instagram that read: "Great opening day. Hahahhahaha hahahhaha!!!"
However, Bardsley has since apologised, prompting the club to lift his suspension.
"I would like to apologise to the club and supporters for my comments made on social media," he said in a statement released on Wednesday.
"I understand how they may have been interpreted and it was a serious error of judgement.
"I accept the punishment that has been handed to me by the football club and will now focus my attention and efforts on rehabilitation and regaining my fitness."
Bardsley previously fell foul of Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio in May, when he was made to train with the club's under-21 squad after being photographed at a casino.
He is currently sidelined with a broken foot.