Liverpool star Diogo Jota apologises to Oliver Skipp for kicking him in the face

Liverpool’s Diogo Jota has apologised for a high foot incident which saw Tottenham Hotspur’s Oliver Skipp leave the field with blood on his face in yesterday’s thrilling encounter, but has insisted he did not deserve a red card.

The Premier League clash between Liverpool and Spurs was a fantastic watch for the neutral, and by the final whistle, Liverpool fans will have been happy to take all three points in a 4-3 win at Anfield.

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It was Jota who scored the decisive goal in the dying embers of the game, but it could all have been very different however, had Jota seen red earlier in the match.

Stretching for the ball, Jota’s boot met the head of Skipp and the latter was forced off the field with an open wound.

The Portuguese star received a yellow card for the collision, but Spurs boss Ryan Mason claimed it should have been a red (beIN Sport).

Jurgen Klopp feels differently, and deflected from the issue in his own post-match comments to the BBC.

Now, Jota himself has spoken on the matter in a chat with Premier League Productions (31/04/23 from 18:30), where he revealed he apologised to Skipp but is happy with the referee’s call to show him a yellow card only.

He said: “It was not good. Obviously, it’s not my intention to cause any harm to him.

“But unfortunately, it happened. I asked him ‘sorry’, that’s all I could do after that bad tackle but I also think it’s not a red because I touched the ball and there was no intention to cause him any harm.”

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Whether Jota touched the ball or not, and whether he meant to or not, having your foot that high is dangerous play and should have been a red card in my books.

But, what’s done is done, and at least he has apologised to Skipp.

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