Thursday 23 November 2017

'I honestly didn't think it was going to be a free-kick' - Harry Arter apologises for wild lunge on Joe Allen

AFC Bournemouth's Harry Arter (8) and Stoke City's Joe Allen (right) clash after a heavy challenge during the Premier League match at the Vitality Stadium on Saturday
AFC Bournemouth's Harry Arter (8) and Stoke City's Joe Allen (right) clash after a heavy challenge during the Premier League match at the Vitality Stadium on Saturday
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Republic of Ireland international Harry Arter has said he accepts the heavy criticism that was directed at him for his dangerous tackle on Stoke's Joe Allen in their 2-2 Premier League draw but insists he was trying to win the ball.

Stoke boss Mark Hughes described the tackle as 'out of control' and Match Of The Day pundits Danny Murphy and Kevin Kilbane described it as a 'leg-breaker' and 'horrendous'.

The Bournemouth midfielder said he would take the comments on board but claimed he never intended to hurt the Welshman.

"It would probably be bad of me to turn around and say, 'I'm not bothered with what they say' because when they say nice thing you appreciate it," he said.

"At the time I thought I got the ball. I've seen it again, one of the lads showed me in the dressing room, and it looked a little bit worse than I thought at the time.

"In real time, hand on heart, I honestly didn't think it was going to be a free-kick.

"When you are playing you are just in the heat of the game and my only intention was to get the ball.

"Joe obviously felt the force of the tackle and was unhappy. What I felt was good was his reaction, he didn't roll around and try and get me sent off so I appreciate that.

"I apologised quite a few times to Joe at the time and at half-time and my only thought during it was to try and win the ball back.

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