AC Milan striker, Gonzalo Higuain has apologised for getting dismissed during his side’s 2-0 loss to Juventus in the Serie A on Sunday.
Goals from Cristiano Ronaldo and Mario Mandzukic ensured that Maximiliano Allegri’s side defeated Milan at the San Siro Stadium.
Higuain, who is on loan from Juventus, missed a penalty before being sent off against his parent club.
At a post-match conference he said: “First of all, I want to apologise to the team, the coach, the supporters and the referee for my reaction.”
“I take responsibility for what happened. Obviously, I hope that it doesn’t happen again. It was one of those moments — we were losing, I missed a penalty and we aren’t robots but people. But I don’t want to try and justify my actions.”
Meanwhile, Cristiano Ronaldo defended his former Real Madrid teammate Gonzalo Higuain after the incident.
The Argentine forward endured a personal nightmare against his parent club, seeing a penalty saved and being dismissed late on at San Siro on Sunday.
The former Real Madrid striker had to be led off the field after a meltdown following referee Paolo Mazzoleni’s decision to send him off.
But Ronaldo, who scored the second goal in Juve’s victory over the Rossoneri, said Higuain should not be punished too heavily.
“I told him to calm down, as he risked an even worse ban,” Ronaldo said to Sky Sports Italia.
“He didn’t do much, he was annoyed at losing the game. That’s understandable. I hope he is not punished too severely.”
Juventus bounced back from their first loss of the season, at home to Ronaldo’s old club Manchester United in the Champions League, last time out.