Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos has issued a public apology to Viktoria Plzen’s Milan Havel after giving him a bloodied nose in Wednesday’s Champions League game
The Spanish defender caused controversy in Belarus this time, where he caught Havel in the face with his elbow with the scoreline still goalless between Real and Plzen.
Havel was forced to leave the pitch for treatment with blood pouring out of his nose, but referee Deniz Aytekin opted to not punish Ramos.
Just seven minutes before half-time, Plzen manager Pavel Vrba substituted Havel for Milan Petržela.
Despite escaping punishment, however, Ramos accepted that he wasn’t entirely innocent and apologised for his actions.
“A victory to build on and also to learn from,” Ramos wrote on Twitter.
“Football always teaches you things and tonight I shouldn’t have gone into the challenge like that.
“Milan, it wasn’t my intention to injure you. Get well soon.”
Real won the game 5-0 in the end with goals from Casemiro, Gareth Bale, Toni Kroos and a brace from Karim Benzema.
Los Blancos lead Group G with nine points from four games.
A victory to build on and also to learn from. Football always teaches you things and tonight I shouldn't have gone into the challenge like that. Milan, it wasn't my intention to injure you. Get well soon 💪🏼 #HalaMadrid https://t.co/NZcWRAwI0x
— Sergio Ramos (@SergioRamos) November 8, 2018