Europa League - Balotelli says sorry for red

Fri, 18 Mar 17:28:00 2011

Mario Balotelli has apologised to his Manchester City team-mates for his red card in the Europa League encounter with Dynamo Kiev at Eastlands.

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Manager Roberto Mancini branded Balotelli "stupid" for the dismissal, for planting his studs into the chest and thigh of Dynamo defender Goran Popov.

Mancini felt the 36th-minute dismissal cost his side their chance of reaching the last eight and now Balotelli has expressed his regret.

"I am very sorry to my team-mates in particular that I got sent off so early in such an important game," said Balotelli.

"I was trying my best for the team as I always do. The ball was in the air and I went for it with my foot high.

"I never tried to make contact with Popov and I certainly didn't want to hurt him. In retrospect, however, the tackle was poor. I should have showed more consideration but I was so involved in the game.`

PA Sport

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