Gabriel Jesus has apologised for his explosive reaction to his Copa America final red card for Brazil.
Jesus was having the game of his life, scoring and assisting as Brazil took a 2-1 lead going into the second half, before he was sent off in the 70th minute.
The Manchester City striker was handed his second booking after clashing with Carlos Zambrano.
After huge protests from Jesus himself and his teammates, the forward was later seen on the verge of tears in the tunnel as the game continued.
Brazil went on to win 3-1 with a late Richarlison penalty, but Jesus apologised for his actions, while maintaining he should not have been dismissed.
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“I want to apologise to the people who were nearby,” he said. “It was a moment of anger, right? It was a mixture of emotions and anger, from my point of view, at the red card.
“I could have hurt someone and I’m glad I didn’t. I was wanting to help the team and that moment could have hurt.
“We were winning, playing a good game, and the referee makes the wrong decision. But I need to grow up, too.
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“I do not want to shut people up, I do not want any of this. I am aware of my quality, my football, what brought me here today. Criticism, as well as praise, will come at all times.
“I give my maximum on the field, knowing that sometimes things take other routes but I’m happy with the tournament. From the first day in camp, everyone was happy, focused.”