Published: 02/02/2013 18:09 - Updated: 19/03/2013 17:17

Football: MK Dons striker Ryan Lowe apologises for red card

Written byDAN PALMER

Ryan Lowe is separated from Bournemouth players by ref Scott Mathieson Ryan Lowe is separated from Bournemouth players by ref Scott Mathieson

Ryan Lowe has apologised after his horror tackle saw him sent off against AFC Bournemouth today.

The Dons striker flew in two footed on Cherries man Tommy Elphick just moments after a heated exchange between the two players.

Lowe came out to speak to the press after the game, just as Gary MacKenzie did last season when he saw red for violent conduct at Charlton.

“I’ve let everyone down,” Lowe said. “The club, the manager, my team mates, my family. I’m just disappointed in myself, it was ten seconds of madness.

“The tackle was outrageous, I should never have gone for it.

“It’s not my character, it’s not me. All I can do is apologise.

“The only thing I can do is try and make up for it when my suspension is up. I deserved to be sent off.

“I just hope the lad’s alright. The manager has rollicked me like he should.”

Lowe revealed that he had been fined for the tackle but a bigger blow will be the fact that he will now miss the FA Cup fifth round tie with Barnsley.

“It’s my own fault,” he said. “It’s one of the biggest games of my life.

“It will cost me in my pocket and I’m going to miss vital games.”

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe labelled the tackle as ‘disgusting’ and Lowe’s boss Karl Robinson also said that he’d ‘let everybody down’.

“I don’t condone it,” Robinson said. “I don’t condone idiotic behaviour.

“We all have moments of madness, we all do silly things. That was a completely silly thing.”

Robinson added that he was ‘disappointed’ with how Bournemouth players conducted themselves for large parts of the 3-0 defeat.

“The way Elphick grabbed Ryan Lowe’s legs and grabbed him by the throat and got nothing done to him,” he said.

“I heard a few things that were said to Ryan Lowe as he was walking off, you need to conduct yourself with more class.“Some of the things that were said about his family weren’t nice, about his wife and his kids.”

The boss said that he thought his side were the better before the sending off, and also called one of the assistant referees an ‘idiot’.

Jon Otsemobor’s loose back pass led to a Bournemouth opener for Lewis Grabban, and the Cherries struck again through Mark Pugh and Harry Arter.

“Jon said he didn’t know what came over him,” Robinson said. “Other than that, in the first half I thought we were the better team. “Nobody shirked responsibility and the errors from Otsemobor and Lowe cost us the game really.

“Stupidly there’s this idiot of an assistant referee – I’ll probably get in trouble for that but I’ve had enough of keeping my mouth shut.

“There’s a push on Shaun Williams and the ref has changed his assistants over and in the second half what the referee deemed as a foul in the first half, by a different assistant, in the same area of the pitch, now isn’t. How is that consistency?”

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