Bayern Munich forward Thomas Muller has apologized to Ajax defender Nicolas Tagliafico for kicking in the head during Wednesday's UEFA Champions League clash at the Johan Cruyff Arena. Muller earned a direct red card for the brutal kick in the 3-3 draw on Wednesday night.
The Argentinian defender was looking for a header when Muller kicked him from behind like a scene from a kung fu movie. Referee Clement Turpin spontaneously showed the 29-year-old German a straight red card in the 75th minute.
Muller took to Twitter and apologized for the incident that went viral on the internet. He also wished Tagliafico a speedy recovery from the injury that needed stitches and staples to stem the bleeding.
“I would like to apologize to Nico Tagliafico for yesterday’s incident,’ Muller told his followers on Twitter. ‘It was unintentional. Get well soon,” Muller tweeted.
In the 67th minute Ajax’s Maximilian Wöber received a straight red card for a brutal foul on Leon Goretzka.
The thrilling match in Amsterdam witnessed six goals, two penalties and two red cards.
It was Muller’s first red card in his professional career that began in 2009. He will miss the first leg of Bayern's last-16 tie.
The result means both Ajax and Niko Kovac's Bayern qualified for the knockout stages. The German is the winner of Group E with 14 points, while Ajax finished as runners-up with 12 points.