Gabriel Jesus apologized on Sunday for his misconduct after he got red in the final of the Copa América. With ten men, Brazil was too strong for Peru in the final battle with 3-1.
Fifteen minutes before the end, Jesus received his second yellow card with a 2-1 lead. The striker of Brazil protested fiercely and left the field in tears. On the way to the locker room, he kicked a water bottle, hit the fourth official's dug-out hard and almost knocked the VAR screen down.
"From now on I will be boring and obedient. I want to apologize, especially for the children who saw it," Jesus told Brazilian medium Globo . "I could have hurt someone and am relieved that that didn't happen."
The striker of Manchester City received his second yellow card after he went in firmly in an air duel and jumped a Peruvian defender in the back. With a nice assist and a goal, Jesus had a large share in the 3-1 win of Brazil in the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro.
"I was very angry and emotional after the red card that I thought was wrong. We were winning, but my red card still made it difficult for us in the final phase. Fortunately we won anyway," said the 22- year old attacker.
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Jesus silences critics with a strong performance
With his strong performance in the final up to his red card, Jesus silenced his critics. The striker had scored only once in five earlier games at the Copa América.
"I have faith in my qualities, they have brought me so far. There are times of criticism and praise. I just keep doing my best in the field knowing that you do not always have success in your own hands."
Brazil won the Copa América for the ninth time in a row. In the summer of 2020, the 47th edition of the tournament will be played with Argentina and Colombia.
Arbitrator Roberto Tobar shows Gabriel Jesus the red card. (Photo: Pro Shots)