Kevin Mirallas: I thought I’d see red for tackle on Luis Suarez

Kevin Mirallas admits he was lucky not to be sent off for his dangerous tackle on Luis Suárez in Saturday's thrilling derby

Luis Suarez
Luis Suárez scored 23 Premier League goals last season Photo: Back Page Images

Kevin Mirallas admits he was lucky not to be sent off for his dangerous tackle on Luis Suarez during Saturday’s Merseyside derby.

The Everton forward was only shown a yellow card by referee Phil Dowd for a reckless lunge on the Liverpool striker at Goodison Park in the first half of the thrilling 3-3 draw.

And Mirallas admits that he expected to be sent off as soon as he made the challenge – which he maintains was entirely accidental.

“Sometimes when you put a tackle in you think ‘oh s***’, – like this one,” said Mirallas. “When I made the challenge the first thing I thought was that it was going to be a red card.

“I was genuinely going for the ball but I know I caught him on the knee and I said sorry straight away.

“I might have been okay because it was the derby, because in those matches there is always a lot of contact, a lot of tackles going in. There is a lot of pressure on the players and the fans in these sort of games.”

“I had said to Suarez soon after the kick off when we were standing close to each other ‘do you remember last season, you kicked me?’.

“He laughed and said ‘yes, fair enough’, but that tackle was nothing to do with a year ago. And Suarez played for a long time after that with no problem, with no injury, so he was OK, and I am glad he wasn’t injured.”

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