AC Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has said that he now takes full responsibility for his red card against Napoli during the weekend.
Ibrahimovic was sent off in the match after just 19 min into the second half, which meant that AC Milan could not move up the gears to secure the victory.
AC Milan and Juventus are currently locked in a fiery battle for the Italian Serie A title. Undoubtedly, this 0-0 draw with Napoli is something that seriously hurts the chances of AC Milan winning the title, although Juventus not winning the match in hand certainly helped the matters for Massimiliano Allegri and his men.
As a result of Juventus not winning, both Juventus and AC Milan remain extremely close to each other, although the rest of the chasing pack have caught up. Juventus still lead AC Milan by just one point, although AC Milan have played a game more than their opponents. Juventus will have the opportunity to extend their lead to a four point one with a victory in their game in hand.
Ibrahimovic slapped Napoli player Salvatore Aronica in the face, which left the referee with no other option to send him off.
“I did a stupid thing. It happens, it happens. [But] I have to learn from my mistakes. I don’t need the television cameras to know what I’ve done. I made a mistake. I have confidence in the team. They will do well without me,” Ibrahimovic said during an interview after the match.
AC Milan will be facing Juventus in the semifinals of the Coppa Italia on Wednesday night, before taking on Arsenal in Europe, where according to the online Champions League bet markets, AC will be in the rare position of underdogs.
The 30-year-old Swedish striker is widely known for his temperamental behaviour, and it was largely responsible for AC Milan not to take three points in their tough match against Napoli.