Zlatan Ibrahimovic maintains he was “angry with myself, not the assistant referee” when sent off for dissent.
The Swede was already on a yellow card and would've been suspended for the next round, but was shown a straight red for swearing at the official over a throw-in decision.
“I lost the ball and was angry with myself, not the assistant referee. I was talking to myself,” said the Milan striker.
“I didn't protest the red card because there was nothing to be said, he had made his decision.”
The Rossoneri emerged with a 2-1 win from the Stadio Franchi, but Ibra could now be suspended for at least two to three games.
“My teammates have reason to be angry with me, as during a period when Fiorentina were putting on the pressure was certainly not the right time to get sent off.
“I am sorry, but it seems as if nowadays I can't even mutter to myself without getting into trouble. I'll do everything I can to help Milan win the Scudetto.”