After being lambasted on social media for failing to make the AFC Champions League main draw, Shanghai Shenhua FC have apologised to their fanbase.
The Chinese outfit were unceremoniously bundled out of the AFC Champions League race at the qualifying stage following a 2-0 loss to Brisbane Roar on Wednesday.
Adding fuel to the fire was the US $89million the Chinese Super League club spent on signing superstar Carlos Tevez, who missed all three shots at goal during a checkered debut.
Shanghai Shenhua have not appeared in the AFC Champions League since 2011.
"For the shame of today's result, we offer a sincere apology to all those fans who braved the bitter cold to come to the stadium and support Shenhua," the club said in a statement on Weibo, China’s version of Twitter.
"The players all did their best, and we longed to win as much as you did, but sometimes soccer can just be this cruel."
Shanghai Shenhua finished fourth in the Chinese Super League in 2016, a massive 16 points behind champions Guangzhou Evergrande. This year, with Tevez spearheading the attack, fans will be expecting a better result.