franck kessie apologises for touchline tussle

09:15    19 Mar 2019

Inter's Lautaro Martinez (L) in action against AC Milan's Franck Kessie (R)
Ivory Coast and AC Milan star Franck Kessie has apologised for sparking a touchline tussle with his teammates during the defeat to derby rivals Internazionale on Sunday night.

Kessie was substituted in the 69th minute of the match and looked angry at his withdrawal. On his way to the bench, the Ivorian reacted strongly to a comment from teammate Lucas Biglia.

This sparked an angry confrontation between the two, with other Milan players and staff having to intervene to prevent an all out brawl.

Both players reacted to the incident after the game, with the African midfielder personally taking responsibility for the unsavoury scenes.

"It was the adrenaline of the match situation, I was frustrated coming off and really wanted to do more. I took it out on Lucas and it was a mistake, I apologised afterwards," Kessie told Sky Sport Italia.

"He is older than me and I should learn from him. I’m sorry."

The experienced Argentina international added: "Franck knows what I said and we clarified the situation afterwards. We all want to win, but this is not something we should do in front of everyone. Maybe save it for the dressing room.

"We above all feel bad for this embarrassing scene, I feel ashamed of it and apologised to the lads and Coach in person. It was not what we wanted, we embarrassed the club we represent and it won’t happen again."

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