Funes Mori apologises for Origi tackle

Ramiro Funes Mori is shown the red card by referee Robert Madley

Ramiro Funes Mori’s red card was Everton’s fifth of the season

Everton defender Ramiro Funes Mori has apologised for the tackle which injured Liverpool striker Divock Origi in the Merseyside derby.

Argentine Funes Mori was sent off for the challenge in Everton’s 4-0 defeat.

“I very much regret what happened,” Funes Mori said. “It was never my intention to harm a rival and I fervently hope it’s nothing serious.”

Origi was stretchered off and will have a further assessment on the ankle injury amid fear of ligament damage.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp confirmed Origi’s ankle was not broken but described the tackle as a “big shadow on the game”.

Funes Mori, who was criticised for grabbing the Everton badge on his shirt as he left the field, added in his statement that he had not intended to “harm my colleagues leaving the field”.

The 25-year-old centre-back will miss the FA Cup semi-final against Manchester United through suspension.

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