Willie Gibson has admitted he was wrong to leave The Falkirk Stadium before the end of Saturday’s game.
But the Bairn has also said the way he learned of his breach of discipline has left a sour taste in his mouth.
The winger was substituted at half-time by boss Steven Pressley and walked out of the ground before the 3-2 defeat to Raith was finished, prompting Falkirk’s angry manager to slam the player and declare he would not be selected again.
Gibson’s short-term contract runs out next month and he feels Saturday’s events have put a question mark over his future - but insists he left for the right reason.
Speaking from his home in Dumfries, the Bairn told The Falkirk Herald: “I didn’t expect it to be made public and that’s disappointed me. I found out on Saturday night when I got texts.
“But I stand by my reason for leaving - I know it was the wrong thing to do, but I felt I was removing myself from a situation in case it got worse.
“Things were said in the heat of the moment at half-time and I didn’t want that to carry on after the game so I removed myself from the situation.
“It was wrong to leave the stadium - but I meant no disrespect to my team-mates, the fans or the manager. - and I didn’t speed away or storm out, I removed myself from the situation.
“I knew I would be disciplined but I did what I thought was right at the time.”
Gibson denied he had taken to a fans’ internet forum to defend himself, but he has apologised to Steven Pressley over the weekend.
He will learn more on his disciplinary process today.
MORE ON WILLIE GIBSON’S FUTURE ON WWW.FALKIRKHERALD.CO.UK THIS WEEK AND IN THE FALKIRK HERALD ON THURSDAY