Bayern Munich's Dutch star Arjen Robben has apologised to his team-mates and fans for receiving a red card after the final whistle following his side's 1-1 draw with Nuremberg.
Bayern's play-maker is now suspended for Bayern's crunch Bundesliga clash with second-placed Bayer Leverkusen next weekend having been sent off at Nuremberg by referee Knut Kircher yesterday.
Robben was furious after his team conceded a late equaliser which saw them drop to fourth in the German league and slip further behind in their bid to finish second in the table to secure a UEFA Champions League place next season.
The Dutchman admitted he lost his head after exchanging heated words with Kircher, despite the game being over. "I don't know what I said any more," admitted the 27-year-old after the second red card of his career.
"I was very angry, very disappointed, but I should be sorting that out with my team-mates and not with the referee. I want to apologise to the fans and the team. I shouldn't have done that."
Robben is reported to have apologised to Kircher at the Nuremberg stadium. His last dismissal was in March 2006 while playing for Premier League side Chelsea against West Bromwich Albion.
Robben will now appear before the German Football Federation (DFB) disciplinary committee next week which will determine the exact length of his ban. "Hopefully it won't be too bad," he said.