Previous
Sweden
Slovenia
5:30 PM UTC
Game Details
France
Cameroon
7:00 PM UTC
Game Details
Vanuatu
New Zealand
6:00 AM UTC May 31, 2016
Game Details
Next

Euro 2016 full squad lists

Euro 2016
Read

Barkley deserves Euro 2016 chance

Everton
Read

#CopaRank: The top 25 players

#CopaRank
Read

Chile's Claudio Bravo ranks No. 21

#CopaRank
Read

Chile's Gary Medel ranks No. 24

#CopaRank
Read

Group, title projections for all 16 Copa America teams

Copa America
Read

Allofs: Wolfsburg can't influence Rodriguez

Transfers
Read

Ryan Babel sorry for "stupid" dismissal

Ryan Babel has conceded his actions were "stupid" when receiving a red card against Benfica, but the Liverpool forward believes referee Jonas Eriksson treated him harshly.

• Benitez blasts ref
• Europa League round-up
• Benfica 2-1 Liverpool: Report

Babel was dismissed after 30 minutes for raising his hands to defender Luisao and Liverpool subsequently squandered a 1-0 lead to lose 2-1 at Estadio da Luz in the first leg of their Europa League quarter-final.

Rafael Benitez was unhappy that Eriksson chose to dismiss Babel despite Luisao clattering Fernando Torres from behind to spark the row, claiming the decision was "difficult to understand".

And while Babel believes his behaviour did not warrant a dismissal, he has accepted culpability for the incident and pledged to avoid similar behaviour in future.

"The referee told me the red card was for touching Luisao's face - that was it," Babel said. "It was clear that Luisao had made an awful foul and all I wanted to do was back up Fernando.

"Too harsh maybe. In the end maybe it was a stupid, silly thing for me to touch him in the face, but I think a yellow card would have been fair enough. But if they are the rules...

"He came very loud and very close with his face and I just tried to back him off with my hand (to say) don't come too close. That's it and in the end, they made it bigger than it was. But it was a mistake by me, I will learn from it and it won't happen again."

Comments

Use a Facebook account to add a comment, subject to Facebook's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your Facebook name, photo & other personal information you make public on Facebook will appear with your comment, and may be used on ESPN's media platforms. Learn more.