Nathan Collins waited 25 minutes after the final whistle to apologize face-to-face to Manchester City star Jack Grealish for his X-rated challenge after Wolves’ 3-0 defeat.
As both players headed for the ball on the far left touchline, Collins launched a high kick to the waist into the England star, leaving Grealish on the field.
Collins has maintained his innocence, but the summer signing gave referee Anthony Taylor no choice but to hand the defender the marching orders after 33 minutes.
The £20.5m defender then waited 25 minutes for Grealish to finish post-match celebrations and interviews, according to Mirror Sport, to apologize.
The report suggests the Northern Ireland international insisted it wasn’t malicious and that he wanted to get on the ball.
Grealish reportedly accepted the apology after the chest-high tackle but told his teammates it was actually his leg that hurt the most after Collins’ cleats went down his body.
Defender Collins has been omnipresent in the Premier League this season. But he will now face a three-game suspension for his horror tackle.
Speaking of the halftime challenge that bt sports Experts berated Collins. ‘He wouldn’t have too many questions about it. It’s a blood rush to the head,” Rio Ferdinand said.
Former City star Joleon Lescott questioned what Collins was trying to do as “he’s not trying to sort it out”.
The expert Rachel Brown-Finess also criticized the central defender. “He realizes how stupid he was and how he let his team down,” she said.
Collins’ red card summed up a miserable day for Wolves, which began when Grealish opened the scoring for City with his first of the season.
Champions City led by two goals within fifteen minutes as Erling Haaland scored his eleventh goal in an already remarkable season for the Norwegian striker.
Phil Foden added a third in the second half to round out another convincing performance from Pep Guardiola’s men and propel them to the top of the Premier League table.