Newcastle United defender Mike Williamson has issued a statement via BBC Sport insisting that he did not get himself sent off against Leicester City on purpose.
The 31-year-old centre-back was dismissed just past the hour mark during the Premier League clash at St. James’ Park on Saturday.
However, the former Watford star has now denied that accusation, but he has admitted that he should not have made the rash challenge on Jamie Vardy which saw him pick up the second yellow card.
"I would like to take this opportunity to apologise to the Newcastle United supporters and my fellow team-mates for getting sent-off during yesterday's game,” BBC Sport quotes Williamson as saying in a statement.
"There was absolutely no intent to hurt Jamie Vardy or get sent off, but I recognise that I should have been more composed and measured in my determination to win the ball. Unfortunately, it did the one thing that I never wanted to do, and that was to hurt the team.
"Moving forward, I will do whatever I can to help my teammates prepare for the next two games and fight to get back into the team when I'm next available.
"I've had the honour to play for Newcastle United for five years now, and I can genuinely say that I feel privileged to play for this football club. I would never do anything intentionally to hurt the team or its supporters.”
The defeat to Leicester was Newcastle’s eighth in a row in the Premier League and has placed them just two points above the relegation zone.
Williamson has made 30 appearances in the Premier League for the Magpies so far this season, scoring one goal and creating six chances in the process.
The defender has a pass accuracy of 80% and a shot accuracy of 43%, and has won 93 headers and 24 tackles.