Chelsea captain John Terry apologised for his red card moment of madness against Barcelona on Tuesday that will rule him out of next month's UEFA Champions League final.
The Chelsea centre-back was given his marching orders on 37 minutes of an epic encounter at Camp Nou, which saw the Premier League side fight back from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 and clinch a 3-2 aggregate win over the Catalans.
Terry's dismissal for a foul on Alexis Sanchez threatened to trigger a drubbing for Chelsea, who conceded a second goal to Andres Iniesta soon afterwards following Sergio Busquets' opening strike. However the veteran defender watched from the bench as goals from Ramires and Fernando Torres sealed a remarkable comeback.
Former England captain Terry admitted, however, that the result was bittersweet as he will be denied the opportunity to lead Chelsea in Munich. "Sanchez was darting in behind me. I've seen the replay and it does look bad," Terry told Sky Sports.
"I'm not that type of player to intentionally hurt anyone. I've raised my knee, which I maybe shouldn't have done in hindsight. But hopefully people who know me as a person, as a player - I'm not that type of player. I'm disappointed, but delighted for the lads. To come here and play the way they did and get the result they did with ten men. I feel I've let them down. I've apologised to them and I want to apologise to the fans as well.
"At the time, I was bewildered because I was trying to protect myself a little bit, but looking at it on the replay, I've no complaints. I've let the lads down. They've performed brilliantly, so hopefully this doesn't take it away from the players."
Terry, desperate to atone for the penalty shoot-out miss which cost Chelsea victory in the 2008 final over Manchester United, agreed it would hurt to miss the final. "On a personal note, of course," he said. "But this is what this football club deserves. We deserve to be in the Champions League final. The boys were excellent and I hope the incident doesn't take away from how hard they worked."