AC Milan's Zlatan Ibrahimovic has apologised to his team-mates after being sent off in Sunday's Serie A match at Fiorentina.
The Swedish striker saw red in the 87th minute of his team's 2-1 victory in Florence for saying something to the assistant referee.
Ibrahimovic claimed his comment was not aimed at the official, but at himself. "I was angry with myself after losing possession,'' Ibrahimovic said. "I made a comment to myself - it was not directed at the referee or his assistant.
"I ask for forgiveness from everyone. I left the pitch without making a scene. I was looking at the officials as they were in front of me, and I did not have a gripe with him.''
Ibrahimovic had only just returned from a two-match suspension but will now be banned for at least Saturday's match against Sampdoria.
"It was not the best time to be getting a red card, as I was returning from a suspension,'' Ibrahimovic said.
Milan lead the Serie A standings three points clear of Napoli with six games remaining.
Meanwhile, veteran midfielder Clarence Seedorf has revealed that Milan are yet to offer him a contract extension to remain at the San Siro.
The 35-year-old, who scored the opening goal in Milan's 2-1 triumph at Fiorentina, will become a free agent this summer.
"I am hearing a lot of rumours,'' Seedorf said. "I am awaiting an offer from Milan, as there are some concrete offers on the table from Brazil as well as other clubs.
"But my focus right now is on the scudetto, only then, I will think about my future.''
Seedorf joined Milan from city rivals Inter in the summer of 2002 and has since made well over 200 appearances for the Rossoneri.
Sunday's triumph in Florence left Milan one step closer to their first scudetto since 2004, leaving them three points clear of second-place Napoli with six games remaining.
"We knew the importance of the match at Fiorentina and we prepared well,'' Seedorf said. "These are the matches that one needs to win and we did that.''