SOUTHEND United defender Harry Lennon has issued an apology following a controversial social media recording.

Lennon was filmed alongside Dover's Jack Munns in a pub following Blues' shock FA Cup defeat to the Kent club last month.

But he has now said sorry for the incident. 

"Sometime prior to the FA Cup game at Dover Athletic on 10th November 2019, I had arranged to go out after the game with a group of long-standing friends including Jack Munns who played in the game for Dover," said Lennon in a statement on the club website.

"Both Jack and I were wearing our respective club tracksuits, having travelled straight from the game to a pub near to where I live in Essex.

"Contrary to the views expressed on social media, I was not out with Dover fans and I was not celebrating the outcome of the game.

"I was wearing my Southend United tracksuit and, with the benefit of hindsight, would have been best advised to have changed before going out for the evening.

"I can assure all supporters of Southend United that I was not drinking alcohol, I was not happy at the outcome of the cup game and I remain fully committed to the football club.

"I apologise if I have unwittingly upset any supporter of Southend United – I share the wish of all supporters to see the results improve going forward."

Lennon has trained with the under 23 squad since the incident but is back in contention for Blues' first team clash with Rotherham United tomorrow.