By Joe Avicolli
Roma midfielder Seydou Keita has issued an apology for picking up an unnecessary red card during the capital city club’s upsetting defeat to Sampdoria on Monday.
The Giallorossi had to play the last 10 minutes of their 2-0 loss to the Blucerchiati with 10 men after the 35-year-old was sent off for his antics on the pitch in the 81st minute and he has now expressed his regret in the disappointing result and the way he reacted upon receiving his initial yellow card.
Keita spoke through his official Twitter page on Tuesday to apologize for leaving his team with a disadvantage at such a crucial point of the match and admitted that he was hoping to help Roma secure a win.
“I’m very sad for the red card and for the defeat,”
said the Malian international, who caused a commotion when he was told to leave the pitch on Monday night.
“I really wanted to help the team win. I apologize to the club, my team-mates and all of our supporters for everything that happened.”
The midfielder has scored two goals and provided one assist in his 21 Serie A appearances this term thus far and his strength will be missed in Rudi Garcia’s midfield as he serves his red card suspension.