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Chelsea striker Samuel Eto’o has issued an apology to Jordan Henderson for his challenge on the Liverpool midfielder during Chelsea’s 2-1 win over the Reds on Sunday.
The former Barcelona and Inter Milan forward has been criticised for his performances in front of goal for Jose Mourinho’s side but he came up with the goods at Stamford Bridge.
However, it was his other actions that dominated the headlines in the post-match press. The striker converted Oscar’s cross to score, but his challenge on Henderson, and his decision to swap shirts with Mamadou Sakho at half-time caused plenty of controversy.
He was also fortunate not to concede a late penalty when he blocked Luis Suarez in the box, and he has also defended his decision to swap shirts at half-time.
Speaking about the tackle, he told The Sun: “Maybe I should have been sent off. But I’m not the referee. Everyone is entitled to their opinion but we must respect decisions from the officials.
“During the match in the first moments, the game was passionate on both sides, but people know I’m not violent. I was really sad to see Jordan on the floor – I want to take this opportunity to say sorry.
“There are days where I’m the one who gets kicked – it’s football and can happen unfortunately. But my only intention was to defend and prevent my team from conceding a goal, nothing else. It wasn’t to take out an opponent.”