U.S. forward Jozy Altidore issues apology for red card vs. Switzerland

Tuesday March 31st, 2015

Jozy Altidore has issued a public apology for his red card against Switzerland on Tuesday. 

• WATCH: Altidore issued red card for swearing at referee

The U.S. national team forward was issued his marching orders in the 68th minute. Initially called for a hard foul from behind on a Swiss defender, Altidore made things worse than they had to be as referee Luca Banti approached while pulling out a yellow card. With the yellow still in Banti's hand, Altidore repeatedly used curse words in the direction of the referee. 

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Banti had seen enough, pocketing his yellow card and instead issuing Altidore a straight red. 

"I want to apologize to our fans and my teammates," Altidore said in a statement released by U.S. Soccer. "Emotion get the best of me and I put our team in a tough position. That's not the type of role model I want to be."

The U.S., which was leading 1-0 at the time, surrendered the equalizing goal 12 minutes later and finished with a 1-1 draw.  

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