Liverpool’s Shelvey apologises for Ferguson spat

Jonjo Shelvey has apologised for directing a tirade at Sir Alex Ferguson after the midfielder was sent off during Liverpool’s defeat against Manchester United on Sunday, the Daily Mail has reported.

Shelvey was dismissed for a challenge on United defender Jonny Evans close to half-time and branded Ferguson as a “grass” as he left the field. Shelvey also gesticulated angrily towards the manager before being ushered down the tunnel.

The former Charlton Athletic player took to Twitter after the match to apologise to Ferguson but the Mail adds the comments regarding the manager were later deleted, possibly at the request of the club.

Shelvey also apologised to the Liverpool supporters for the dismissal but insisted he would not have backed out of the challenge in a match of such importance, with the 20-year-old also sharing a picture of the tackle for which he saw red.

After the match Ferguson brushed off Shelvey’s comments. He said: “He blamed me! But he is young and he will realise the stupidity of it. Evans went for the ball but Shelvey was nowhere near and could have given Jonny Evans a really bad injury – he was very lucky actually. Once he looks at it he can apologise if he likes. I think he should do that. He’s responsible for his own actions, I think there’s no doubt about that.

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