Adam Federici has taken to Twitter to apologise for his costly error in Reading’s FA Cup semi-final defeat to Arsenal while Royals fans will offer support to their highly respected Socceroo keeper this week.
The Socceroo glove-man let Alexis Sanchez’s shot slip through his hands and between his legs in extra-time, with the Gunners going on to win 2-1.
The 30-year-old was distraught at full-time, seen in tears on the Wembley pitch as his team-mates tried to console him.
"Just like to say thank you for all your messages and how sorry I am for my mistake. We gave our all and deserved to at least take it to pens," Federici said on Twitter.
"It's part of being a goalkeeper and I'm sure it will make me stronger! Thank you again for your amazing support."
Federici has received overwhelming support from manager Steve Clarke as well as the club’s fans, who are organising a #flagsforfeds tribute at their mid-week Championship clash with Birmingham at the Madejski Stadium.
The idea is for Reading fans to bring Australian flags to the match as a show of support for the long-serving shot-stopper.
A number of Federici’s team-mates also took to Twitter to show their support for him.
Disappointing result obviously but big shout out to @federici32 if it wasn't for this man we wouldn't be where we were today.
— Nathaniel Chalobah (@chalobah) April 18, 2015
And on another note I don't need to say it but @federici32 was incredible today. We would not have been there without him ❤️
— Jem Paul Karacan (@JemKaracan21) April 18, 2015