Cristiano Ronaldo insists he did not mean to hurt Patrick Mtiliga after leavingthe Malaga defender with a broken nose in an incident that saw the Portugalinternational sent off for the second time in less than two months for RealMadrid.
The world's most expensive player, who earlier in the match had scored both ofMadrid's goals in their 2-0 win, also felt the dismissal was unjust.
Ronaldo was shown a straight red card in the 70th minute of the PrimeraDivision encounter at the Bernabeu after his swinging elbow caught Mtiliga inthe face as he tried to escape the attentions of the Denmark international.
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Mtiliga left the pitch trying to stem the bleeding from his facial injury andwas immediately replaced.Ronaldo, who was also sent off against Almeria in December after picking up twolate bookings, said after the game: 'It was not my intention to injure Mtiliga.I'm very sad for what happened but calm.
'Those who understand football know that my intention is always to play theball. I learned in England not to deceive the referees. This is not a red cardhere or in anywhere in the world and I'm not asking for protection.
'I've seenworse things in other games. I didn't mean to injure the lad. It was bad luck to hit him on the nosebecause he's only 1.70m and if he had been taller I would have struck hischest.'
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The former Manchester United winger, as a minimum, will now sit at next week'stesting trip to fifth-placed Deportivo La Coruna, where Madrid have not won inthe league since the 1992/1993 season.
'I always want to play and these things make me angry. I've spoken withMtiliga and he told me that I didn't need to apologise because he doesn'tbelieve I hurt him intentionally,' Ronaldo added.
'I wouldn't want to injure anybody. I'm not that type of person. I'm not a badperson. I only want to shine by playing football. Now I'm going to be angry whenI get home because I won't be able to play through suspension.'
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