Paris (National Times)-Cameroon international, Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, has apologised to fans after failing to score what was described as “Miss of the Season” during a game between Paris Saint Germain and Strasbourg in the French Ligue 1.
In a post on Instagram, Choupo-Moting admitted having made a serious mistake. He also expressed his disappointment at media outlets that have criticised him after the incident saying, “it is rather sad to see at what point the media lays emphasis on negative things..I really love my club PSG and it was really fantastic to score in front of you, our fans…unfortunately there after, I made this big mistake and everything is forgotten.” Choupo goes further to hit back at those he calls haters, who take pleasure in insulting him.
The Indomitable Lions’ forward equally expressed his love for PSG, promising to do better.
“Life is made of ups and downs! I can’t change what happened but what is obvious is that I will try to do better!” Choupo-Moting wrote, adding that, “I apologise to those I have disappointed. To err is human, especially in sport.”
It was on April 7, 2019 that the drama happened. Choupo-Moting prevented teammate Christopher Nkunku’s shot from crossing the goal line, stopping PSG from clinching the Ligue 1 title at home.
The movement of the ball showed that even without a touch from Choupo-Moting, it was going to hit the back of the net.
This baffled fans across the world, with some media outlets describing it as the miss of the Century or the miss of the season.
In an interview with Canal+ after the match, the former Schalke 04 forward revealed that he had hesitated a little, thinking he was in an offside position.
He added that he also thought his teammate was going to pass the ball to him, and that he thought the opponent would block it.
This came to make matters worse for the former Stoke City forward after his signing met with stiff criticism from PSG fans in 2018.
Choupo-Moting, 30, has three goals in 18 appearances for PSG since joining the French side.
Back at home, he has scored 15 goals in 50 appearances since making his debut with the Indomitable Lions in 2010.