Adriano issues goal apology

Shakhtar Donetsk striker Luiz Adriano has apologied for his controversial goal against Nordsjaelland in the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday.

Last Updated: 23/11/12 at 15:19 Post Comment

The 25-year-old grabbed the headlines for the wrong reasons with his 26th minute strike against the Danish club in their 5-2 victory in Group E that saw the Ukrainian giants progress to the last 16.

Apparently unaware that his Shakhtar team-mate Willian was attempting to play the ball back to Nordsjaelland goalkeeper after Morten Nordstrand had received treatment for his injury, Adriano latched on to it and scored.

That caused widespread criticism of the player, with UEFA charging him for "violation of the principles of conduct", and he has now apologised for his actions.

"I didn't see when the play started as I was with my back to the ball and in front of opponent's goal," he told Lancenet. "I was in the attacking area and I didn't realise what happened in our half of the pitch.

"I was very focused on the game and when the ball came near me and the defenders reacted, I reached for the ball, dribbled past the goalkeeper and scored. After all, that's my job - I am a striker!

"I now understand what happened and I have changed my opinion about the incident. I am really sorry that happened. I apologise to the Shakhtar fans and to UEFA.

"I have never been involved in an incident like that and I always respected, still respect and will keep respecting the Fair Play rules.

"So once again, I am sorry for what happened and I promise that this will never happen again. I will focus more on the pitch and completely respect the Fair Play rules."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

think Finnegans Wake would have been a better reference point than Ulysses. Far more rambling and incomprehensible.

debra2927
Football People On TV: Garth Crooks

I

f I recall correctly, Degsy predicted a 100/1 shot correctly the week after his 150/1 Blackpool 4 - 3 Bolton call. I stuck a fiver on it as an idle bet. Paid for a stag do in Munich. Heady days...

baldini
Backing Hull To Beat United 2-1...

R

odgers prefers Joe Allen to Lucas? If this is true then I'm setting aside a fortnight to finally learn the rules of American Football and I'll give up on real football.

godzilla
The Jammy Gossip

Footer 365

Tim Sherwood expects Christian Benteke to remain Aston Villa player

Tim Sherwood is convinced Christian Benteke wants to stay at Aston Villa although he has not broached the subject with him.

Steve Bruce at a loss to explain Hull City's dreadful season

Hull City boss Steve Bruce had no idea his side would be in a relegation fight after building what he saw as a strong squad last summer.

Liverpool boss says Raheem Sterling is being led by his agent in seeking a move

Brendan Rodgers says Raheem Sterling "is being led by his representative" and deserves the support of the Liverpool fans at Stoke on Sunday.

Mail Box

Only One Real Manager Of The Year

Winning the Premier League with the best squad in the Premier League is only par; Ronald Koeman did a whole lot better. Plus, the last word on Raheem and...

Don't Slate Sterling For Ambition...

Raheem Sterling deserves credit for his desire to quit Liverpool, according to one mailboxer. Also: why football should not be compared to business and Degsy's latest spot of bother...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company