Date: 2nd April 2007 at 12:19pm
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Alan Tate has apologised to the manager, players and fans after his costly red card on Saturday as the Swans lost 2-0 away at Millwall.

He received 2 bookings inside of 22 minutes, and 9 minutes later the hosts opened the scoring.

The right-back said: ”I apologised to the gaffer and the lads because I thought that was the only right thing to do,”

”And I want to apologise to the fans as well because I’ve let people down.

”I don’t mean to get sent off, but the way I play I am going to pick up bookings because sometimes you mistime tackles.

”I will get booked throughout my career and I will get sent off again because I’m committed to getting the ball. Nine times out of 10 I’ll get the ball, but unfortunately I mistimed two on Saturday and it’s cost us.”

”I did catch him on the first one and it probably is a yellow later in the game,” he added.

”I said to the ref that it was my first tackle of the game but he wouldn’t listen, yet Richard Shaw went through the back of Leon Britton at the other end, which is supposed to be an automatic booking, and he got a warning.

”For the second one I barely touched the lad but he went down, the crowd went up and the ref sent me off.

”Maybe they were both fouls, but a bit of common sense would have been nice. He could have just had a chat and told me to settle down.”


Tate’s sending off was Swansea’s 8th red card of the season, and the former Manchester United player will face a 2-match ban.

He’ll miss the crucial away game at Bristol City next weekend and Monday’s home game against Port Vale.