Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg has taken to social media to admit that Josh Dasilva did not mean to injure him and wished the Brentford midfielder the best of luck for the rest of the season.
Hojbjerg was on the receiving end of a nasty challenge late in the game as Dasilva caught him on the shin with his studs.
Referee Mike Dean initially did not even whistle for a free-kick but was then asked by the VAR to rewatch the challenge on the touchline monitor.
Dean had little choice but to produce a straight red card as replays showed that the Brentford man had caught Hojbjerg high on his shin without getting any contact on the ball.
The Dane was fuming at Dasilva’s tackle and had to be calmed down by his teammates, with Jose Mourinho eventually replacing him with Japhet Tanganga.
The former Southampton man had a big gash on his right shin as a result of the challenge.
After the game, Dasilva took to social media to apologise for the challenge and insisted that it was not intentional.
Hojbjerg gave the 22-year-old a classy response by telling the youngster that he has a great future ahead of him.
Of course you didn’t mean it. So don’t worry. I’m a viking and I am fine. But… You owe me a new shin pad 😇.
— Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (@hojbjerg23) January 6, 2021
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As bad as the challenge looked in the slow-motion replay, I believe Dasilva slipped while he was going to chop the ball away and Hojbjerg’s leg happened to be there on the landing. While the referee was right to show him a red since it was dangerous play, I certainly do not think he was planning to hurt Hojbjerg.
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