‘I’ve barely slept’ after red card

Levante’s Michel Herrero has apologised for his red card picked up yesterday, revealing that he didn’t get much sleep afterwards.

Just a matter of minutes after Rubin Kazan were reduced to 10 men, Michel was shown a red card in last night’s Europa League Last 16 first leg at Ciutat de Valencia for a stud-high challenge.

“I’ve barely slept an hour-and-a-half or two hours. It is the first time I have experienced such a thing. It was a very unfortunate play,” the midfielder told reporters today.

“It makes me angry because we were with one extra player and we could have done some damage and affected the tie.

“And within a few minutes of the Rubin expulsion that happens. It annoys me for the fans and for the team because it was an important game.

“I apologise to my teammates, Levante and the fans.

“I tried to get the ball, but I slipped and my foot went forward. I lifted my foot up as I could have done some damage. There was no malice in the foul, it was just bad luck.

“The second leg? We are alive. We wanted to score a goal to take back there. We had several chances. The tie is open. Scoring a goal there could do a lot of damage. We’re going to Russia to win.”

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