Amsterdam - Thomas Mueller has
apologised for his kung fu-style kick to the head of Ajax defender
Nicholas Tagliafico which saw the Germany star being sent off in
Wednesday's six-goal thriller in Amsterdam.
"No, no - of course I
didn't mean to do it," the 29-year-old told reporters over the first
straight red card of his career in 462 appearances for Bayern in the
thrilling 3-3 draw as both teams progressed to the last 16 of the
Mueller said he went to the hosts' changing room to
apologise to Tagliafico after the match, but the defender, who scored
the home side's 95th-minute equaliser, had already left.
Mueller wrote "@tagliafico3 - I am very sorry for that what happened
yesterday! Was not intentionally (sic). Get well soon" on his Instagram
Mueller was sent off 15 minutes from time after trying to
control the ball with his out-stretched boot, but succeeded only in
kicking the head of Tagliafico, who needed treatment, in a bad-tempered
Both Mueller's team-mates and coach said the foul warranted a straight red card.
"Thomas didn't see him," said Bayern boss Niko Kovac, "but it was a clear red - he should have been aware of the opponent."
in the fixture Ajax had Maximilian Woeber sent off for horror foul on
Bayern midfielder Leon Goretzka, who witnessed Mueller's head-high
tackle on Tagliafico at close quarters.
"I saw the scene as it happened. You only have to see how the lad looked afterwards - it wasn't good," said Goretzka.
"As I saw it, it was a clear red card."
was a bitter end to the night for Mueller, who made his 105th Champions
League appearance, putting him level with ex-Bayern captain Philipp
Lahm, who skippered Germany to the 2014 World Cup title.
will be banned for the first leg of Bayern's last 16 tie in the new year
with the draw to be made in Nyon on Monday (13:00 SA time).
Bavarians claimed the point they needed to finish as Group E winners in
an action packed second-half which saw five goals, two penalties and a
pair of red cards with Ajax also through to the last 16 as runners-up.