By Richard Clarke

Kolo Toure has apologised for his sending off at the end of the Carling Cup Final on Sunday.

The Arsenal centre back, who was captain on the day, clashed with John Obi Mikel in the dying seconds of the match at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. Referee Howard Webb decided to show the red card to both players, Emmanuel Adebayor also went for his part in the resulting melee.

"I apologise for this moment," said Toure afterwards. "I regret my actions.

"Chelsea were winning and were starting to waste time. I was not happy with that, which is why I went to Mikel and had some words with him."

Toure is likely to pick up a three-game suspension but is hopeful his barely blemished record - one red card in over 200 games for Arsenal - will count in his favour if further action is considered by the FA.

"I do not think so," replied the 25-year-old when asked if he should get banned. "When they look at the tape, they will see I have done nothing wrong. I have had a lot of games, but do not choose to do that type of thing.

"The people who run football know who is bad and they know that I am always trying to do my best for the Club, the team and the fans as well.

"It can happen to anybody, though. You can make a mistake in any job, or do something bad. That is why you need to apologise, which I have done. You do not need to make it bigger."

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Richard Clarke 26 Feb 2007