LATICS legend Arjan de Zeeuw says Antolin Alcaraz has plenty of making up to do with everyone connected with Wigan Athletic after the defender accepted a three-match ban for his spit at Wolves on Sunday.
The Paraguayan, who was captaining the side in the absence of Gary Caldwell, was caught by television cameras spitting towards Richard Stearman in the closing stages of Latics’ 3-1 defeat at Molineux.
Although referee Lee Probert did not see the incident at the time, video evidence highlighted the offence and Alcaraz was charged by the FA on Monday.
Just before last night’s 6pm deadline, he accepted the charge which carries an automatic three-match suspension, ruling him out of the upcoming crunch clashes against Blackburn, Sunderland and Arsenal.
De Zeeuw, voted Wigan’s all-time greatest player, is the perfect man to pass comment, having skippered Wigan with distinction in the top flight as well as being famously spat at by El-Hadji Diouf during his Portsmouth days.
And he slammed Alcaraz for letting down everyone – not least manager Roberto Martinez – with his actions.
De Zeeuw told the Evening Post: “I know Robbie and he doesn’t like that kind of stuff at all. And I’m sure he’ll be having a chat with Mr Alcaraz.
“You don’t want to see Wigan players suspended, but I think the ban is probably a good thing.
“You just have to stamp this sort of thing out of the game. It’s the lowest of the low – even when it’s your own player.
“It happened to me and you don’t ever forget these things. It’s despicable, degrading, disgusting, disrespectful.
“It shouldn’t even cross a player’s mind to do that. It certainly never crossed mine.”
Latics are now expected to pursue disciplinary proceedings, which could leave Alcaraz lighter in the pocket to the tune of a fortnight’s wages.
A statement confirmed that the matter “will be treated with the utmost seriousness and be dealt with internally, according to the club’s code of conduct”.
And De Zeeuw – now back in Holland pursuing a career as a detective – believes the ball is firmly in the player’s court regarding a reaction.
“To have been given the armband, he must have some responsibility about him, otherwise he wouldn’t have been given it,” De Zeeuw added.
“He must be feeling pretty low at the moment – he should be anyway – and hopefully he’ll make it up to everyone when he returns to the side next month.”