🚨Aleksandar Mitrovic and Marco Silva apologise for FA Cup red cards

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Aleksandar Mitrovic and Marco Silva have both apologised to referee Chris Kavanagh for their behaviour during their FA Cup loss to Manchester United.

In a moment of madness from Fulham, they went from 1-0 in a FA Cup quarter-final to conceding a penalty and getting three players sent off.

Willian received the most straightforward sending-off, for his handball that led to the penalty, but both Mitrovic and Silva got their marching orders for being too aggressive with the referee.

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‘I have been away with my national team and have had some time to reflect on the Manchester United match.’ Mitrovic said on Wednesday.

‘As everyone knows, it was a very emotional one, in which the team gave absolutely everything on the pitch to try to reach the semi final of the FA Cup.

‘On a personal level, I regret my actions that led to me being sent off. I allowed my frustration to get the better of me, and how I reacted was wrong. I was trying to get the referee’s attention, but I appreciate that I should not have put my hands on him and I understand why he showed me a red card, my first in-game sending off for Fulham and my first since the 2015-16 season.

‘I have accepted the three-match ban for my red card, I have spoken to Chris Kavanagh to apologise, and I have volunteered to accept a Club fine. I now want to do what I can to put this incident behind me and get back to helping my teammates on the pitch as soon as possible.

‘In the meantime, I would like to reiterate my regret that this happened. I have already said sorry to my team-mates, but I would also like to apologise to the Fulham fans, particularly those who travelled to Old Trafford to support us and who did not stop singing all game. I hope to be back soon and repay their faith and support.’

The Fulham manager then put out his own personal apology.

‘Emotions were high at Old Trafford and, as I said in my press conference after the game, I should have controlled my own emotions better. It was a very difficult moment, in a match that we had dominated, but I could have handled the situation better.

‘I regret what happened, and I have spoken to Chris Kavanagh to apologise. He knows that I respect him and the job he has to do. Unfortunately, we did not see eye-to-eye on the day, but I recognise that he is one of the top referees in this country and I know that, when our paths cross again, there will be mutual respect between us.

‘I am sorry that I was not on the pitch to try to lead the team to what could have been an historic FA Cup Semi-Final at Wembley, but I am thankful for all the support I have received from Fulham fans over the last few days.’

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