Schmeichel apologises for careless red card

Leicester City goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel has apologised to the club’s fans after his game-changing sending off against Nottingham Forest on Saturday.

Schmeichel picked up two quick bookings either side of Lewis McGugan’s 79th minute penalty which gave Forest a foothold in the game after the Foxes had raced into a 2-0 half-time lead.

The stopper was first penalised for holding onto the ball for too long prior to McGugan taking the kick and was then given his marching orders after hurling the ball down the field after being beaten from the spot.

Forest went on to grab a 94th minute leveller through George Boateng but Schmeichel told the Leicester Mercury he had never seen the reward of the initial yellow card: “I have to physically see the card to know that I had been booked in the first instance and that didn’t happen. I had my back to the referee.

“I threw the ball down the field to prevent them sprinting back with the ball and gaining more momentum from the crowd. I took the booking for the team. We were still 2-1 up and I didn’t have that much to be angry about.”

The 24-year-old was understood to have immediately apologised to his team-mates for the incident and took to Twitter to say sorry to the fans: “I’m definitely partly to blame – and I apologise. I think the players understood what happened. We’re just down that we have dropped two points.”

Schmeichel will now miss tomorrow night’s Carling Cup clash with Bury, a team he enjoyed two loan spells at during his time at Manchester City.

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