Kevin Mirallas has admitted to having an “oh s**t” moment, in the immediate aftermath of his ´tackle´ on Liverpool´s Luis Suarez.
Mirallas also rejected suggestions his tackle was revenge for Suarez´ stamp on him last season, although Mirallas did admit to reminding Suarez of the incident.
Mirallas: â€œSometimes when you put a tackle in you think â€˜oh s**tâ€™, – like this one,â€ he admitted.
â€œWhen I made the challenge the first thing I thought was that it was going to be a red card. I was genuinely going for the ball but I know I caught him on the knee and I said sorry straight away.
â€œI might have been okay because it was the derby, because in those matches there is always a lot of contact, a lot of tackles going in. There is a lot of pressure on the players and the fans in these sort of games.â€
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â€œI had said to Suarez soon after the kick off when we were standing close to each other â€˜do you remember last season, you kicked me?â€™â€, he explained.
â€œHe laughed and said â€˜yes, fair enoughâ€™, but that tackle was nothing to do with a year ago. And Suarez played for a long time after that with no problem, with no injury, so he was okay, and I am glad he wasnâ€™t injured.â€