Published: 05/02/2013 14:32 - Updated: 19/03/2013 16:45

Football: MK Dons striker Ryan Lowe to tell city kids not to follow his example

Written byDAN PALMER

Karl Robinson leads Ryan Lowe away after his red card Karl Robinson leads Ryan Lowe away after his red card

Dons striker Ryan Lowe will talk to children in Milton Keynes and tell them not to follow his example after his horror tackle against AFC Bournemouth on Saturday.

Lowe was guilty of an x-rated two footed lunge on Tommy Elphick as the Cherries triumphed 3-0 at stadiummk.

He was immediately sent off after the rash challenge which seemed to be a premeditated act as Lowe and Elphick had clashed moments earlier.

The Bournemouth man was taken off injured but looks to have escaped serious injury, with the south coast club confirming that he would only face two to three weeks out.

“Lowe’s got a commitment to the community now to make sure kids in Milton Keynes don’t react in that way,” Dons boss Karl Robinson said.

“He will help the kids in MK learn a lesson by this lesson he’s had to learn. I think it’s important we use it as a positive rather than a negative from now on.”

Lowe made an apology to the press following his moment of stupidity, which disadvantaged his team against big spending promotion rivals who at the time were already a goal to the good.

He has been fined but a more severe blow to him will be the fact that he will now miss the FA Cup fifth round tie with Barnsley as part of a three game ban.

“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.”

On Tuesday, Robinson said that he had phoned Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe – who labelled the tackle as ‘disgusting’ – three times to ask for Elphick’s number but had not heard back.

The incident has left a sour taste with both teams alleging that unsavoury comments were made by the other set of players.

“I’m happy Elphick’s not out long,” Robinson said. “You don’t want to see any player out injured and especially when it’s due to a disgusting tackle like that.

“Some of our players’ legs have nearly been broken. The difference is when we do it, we know we’re wrong.

“We come out and say it and it makes a story. When people try and do our players it’s amazing how it’s always patched up and moved on very quickly. But controversy seems to stick with us.

“Ryan is gutted. That’s not his character, he’s a very grounded family man who is deeply ashamed and embarrassed about what he did.”

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