Mick McCarthy says he wasn't directing foul-mouthed outburst at anyone during goal celebration
Mick McCarthy has apologised for his offensive language while celebrating Ipswich's late goal in Saturday's draw at derby rivals Norwich.
McCarthy was pictured swearing after Ipswich captain Luke Chambers put the visitors ahead 89 minutes into the Sky Bet Championship clash at Carrow Road.
The Tractor Boys were denied all three points when Norwich equalised in stoppage-time through Timm Klose's header.
"It was a big moment for us, coming so late in the game. You can get carried away in situations like that," McCarthy told Ipswich's official website.
"To be honest I forgot the cameras were there and can capture every word now. You don't think about that during the game. For those who were offended by my language, I apologise.
"I'd like to reiterate though that my comments were not aimed at anyone. It was just a reaction to the goal and what it meant at that time."
Great stuff from Mick McCarthy pic.twitter.com/U6BzGMdmav— Daniel Harris (@DanielHarris) February 18, 2018
Former Republic of Ireland boss McCarthy, appointed Ipswich manager in 2012, is no stranger to colourful outbursts.
He launched a foul-mouthed attack on critical Ipswich fans at a press conference in 2016 and apologised for swearing at the club's supporters during his side's win at Burton in October after they had chanted for him to be sacked.
Sunday's 1-1 draw left Ipswich in 12th place in the Sky Bet Championship table, 10 points adrift of the play-off places and ahead of Norwich on goal difference.