Younes Kaboul has issued an apology to fans and team-mates for the actions that led to his sending off in Tuesday’s 2-0 victory over Newcastle.
The defender appeared to head-butt Cheik Tiote in an off-the-ball incident midway through the second half, which resulted in a straight red card from referee Anthony Taylor.
Younes insists his actions were out of character and the result of what he feels to have been a dangerous challenge from the Ivorian midfielder.
He said: “I received what I felt was a bad tackle from the player and that’s why I reacted the way I did.
“I know I should not do this and it’s not in my nature.
“I apologise to my team and would like to say sorry to the fans and I hope we will not see that on the pitch again.”
Despite going down to 10 men with the score still at 1-0, the lads pushed on to make sure of our second win in the space of three days over the festive period.
Younes was delighted with the performance, adding: “We showed very good character. It was a hard game and at half-time it was 0-0.
“We wanted to score early in the second half and take control of the game and that’s what we did. The most important thing was to take the three points.”