Arsenal and France striker Olivier Giroud has made a public apology in response to reports published by The Irish Sun on Sunday claiming the 27-year-old broke club rules in sneaking a model into his hotel room prior to the 5-1 defeat to Liverpool last weekend.
Giroud, who has a daughter with his wife of three years Jennifer, has taken to Twitter to apologise to his family, team-mates, fans and manager Arsene Wenger following the reports of an alleged 3am meeting with Celia Kay.
The France international was expected to be rested from the Arsenal team to face Liverpool in the FA Cup on Sunday but could face a extended spell out of the team and a club fine after breaching club protocol.
And Giroud wrote on Twitter: "I apologise to my wife, family and friends and my manager, team-mates and Arsenal fans. I now have to fight for my family and for my club and obtain their forgiveness. Nothing else matters at the moment."
The Premier League striker married wife Jennifer in 2011 and their first child, Jade, was born on 18 June, 2013. Giroud is also a devout Christian.
Though Giroud has scored 13 goals in 30 appearances for Arsenal this season, the news throws into doubt his participation in the Champions League last 16 first leg against Bayern Munich on Wednesday.
And given that the alleged incident occurred on the eve of the heavy defeat to Liverpool, Giroud's relationship with Arsenal fans could also be jepordised.
The Gunners were roundly criticised for their performance at Anfield last weekend and midfielder Mikel Arteta revealed manager Wenger was "the angriest I have seen him" at half-time in the defeat.
Arsenal, who have made no comment on the reports, host Liverpool in the FA Cup fifth round at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday afternoon.