Manchester United winger Nani has pleaded with his team-mates to forgiven him for his needless red card against West Ham.
Nani was sent off in the first half at Old Trafford on Saturday after headbutting West Ham defender Lucas Neill.
The Portuguese player faces a three-match ban, ruling him out of United's crucial final Premier League game against Wigan, and could also be hit with a fine by United.
Nani claimed he was provoked by Neill but admitted he should have been able to control himself.
“I recognise that my action was a thoughtless one, but I also have to say that I was provoked and attacked. I know it serves as no excuse, but that's exactly what happened,” he said.
“I regret having done what I did and I have to be thankful for the fact that my team-mates secured a win which was extremely important to us.
“I want to publicly ask for forgiveness, firstly of my team-mates, who were forced into a greater effort during more than 60 minutes, secondly of my manager and coaches, and thirdly of the United fans who have given me so much affection.”
Nani also apologised for leaving Old Trafford in a rage before the end of Saturday's game.
“Believe me, it was difficult. At that moment I only wanted to disappear. That was what I did. I also ask forgiveness of the fans and the club for that,” he added.
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