Fiorentina striker Mauro Zarate apologised for his red card against Inter, but claimed he “received two punches from two players.”
The forward was shown a straight red in stoppages at the Stadio Franchi as his team ran out 2-1 winners.
He grabbed Jeison Murillo on the back of the neck and seemed to say something offensive.
“Apologies to the television viewers for the ugly scenes!” wrote Zarate on Twitter.
“Three points and still third! I am very happy, shame about the red, but when you receive two punches from two different players it is difficult to stay calm.
“Obviously I should not react even in these situations. Forza Viola.”