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Sunday, 27 September 2009 18:20

Cologne’s Maniche sorry after red card

Cologne 0-1 Bayer Leverkusen

Portuguese international Maniche has defended himself after receiving a red card in Saturday’s defeat to Bayer Leverkusen at the RheinEnergieStadion.

Former Porto man Maniche was sent off four minutes from time for apparently stamping on Bayer defender Arturo Vidal. The incident came just minutes after the visitors had gone ahead with what proved to be a late winner through Simon Rolfes.

“It was unintentional,” said Maniche, who had already been yellow carded in the first half for a late challenge on opposing goalkeeper Rene Adler. “It was not my intention (to stamp on him) I just wanted to get to my feet normally. If I have hurt him, I am sorry. I accept the referee’s decision, just like I accept the decision in the situation before that when a clear penalty was not given.”

Cologne boss Zvonimir Soldo backed his summer signing, saying: “I spoke with him yesterday and I cannot imagine that he did it on purpose. Also, nothing has happened to the Leverkusen player.”

This weekend’s defeat sees Cologne remain in 17th position in the Bundesliga, with the table currently propped up by Sporting’s midweek Europa League opponents Hertha Berlin, who were crushed 5-1 at Hoffenheim on Sunday afternoon.

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