- Juventus midfielder Emre Can apologised on Thursday after saying "we're
not women, let's play football" in response to teammate Cristiano Ronaldo
being sent off in the Champions League win at Valencia.
Portuguese star Ronaldo was left
in tears after receiving a red card for clashing with defender Jeison Murillo
in the 29th minute of Wednesday's game which the Italian champions eventually
Speaking to DAZN sports streaming
network, 24-year-old Can was quoted as saying: "I just found out it (the
red card) was because he pulled Murillo's hair. We're not women, let's play
Can issued a statement Thursday,
insisting the remarks were not meant to be derogatory.
"I would like to take a
moment to clear the air regarding the comments I made after last night's game.
My response after seeing the video footage of Cristiano's sending off seemed to
have caused some commotion," the German international wrote on Twitter.
"I would like to state that
the comments made were never focused on nor meant to degrade women, women's football
or equality in any form. Everyone who knows me knows about my respect for
women, equality and respect.
"My intention was to stick
up for my teammate regarding a wrong decision which could have affected our
game. I sincerely apologise if any of the comments I made have caused any