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Jordon Ibe has admitted he would have been happier with “the ball” in Manchester City’s goal at Anfield – but claimed he has no shame in the penalty he paid.
The 19-year-old has been given a three-match ban for throwing the ball at Manuel Pellegrini’s feet during a late clash at the Etihad Stadium in August.
But on Sunday afternoon, as City drew 1-1 with Liverpool in the Premier League – the result being the Reds’ first away win under Brendan Rodgers – Ibe said the incident was “the worst thing that ever happened.”
He said: “I was on my way to do my duties in making sure the fans saw what I was trying to get across to them. The ball came into my path and I couldn’t believe I got it on the run or in the first position to make it. I’ve done it before, I’ll do it again and it’ll be the worst thing that ever happened.
“I’ve just got to accept that it was the worst thing that ever happened. If that’s the case, then fine – but that’s not it at all.”
Ibe also claimed he was “extremely disappointed” and is “so disappointed with myself” after being sent off. He apologised to Pellegrini on the sidelines and insisted he was “not doing anything bad” and was simply trying to give his best for the game.
“I can’t change anything about myself,” he said. “I’m not a selfish player or anything like that, I’m doing what’s best for my team and my club and that’s why I was punished. You’ve got to play and do the job for the other side.
“You can see I’ve been penalised but what I did was probably the worst thing to happen and that’s not the man I am anymore.”
Ibe, who was sent off for two bookable offences at the Etihad Stadium, admitted to a “mistake” just before the final whistle.
He admitted he had gone over the ball but insisted it was “just a case of me trying to get him off the ball and it didn’t quite work. It’s no longer my responsibility – to go over it, it goes
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