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I could have hurt someone: Gabriel Jesus

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The Brazilian forward apologized for his reaction after he was sent off in the 2019 Copa America Final against Peru.

Manchester City and Brazil national team forward, Gabriel Jesus, was showing off his skills during the 2019 Copa America Final against Peru.

He scored one goal, and then created another for his team, leading 2-1.

But then, he was shown a second yellow card for a clumsy challenge against Carlos Zambrano.

And he exploded.

He lashed out at a water bottle and the VAR cabin, almost hitting one of the benches too.

Gabriel Jesus was later pictured crying on the tunnel.

But today he apologized for his behavior.

“I want to apologize to the people who were nearby,” he told Goal.

“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,” he added.

“We were winning, playing a good game, and the referee makes the wrong decision. But I need to grow up, too.”

He concluded: “I do not want to shut people up, I do not want any of this. I am aware of my quality, my football, which 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.”