Luis Adrian Martinez Issue Apology for Harsh Foul on Lionel Messi, But Makes No Direct Reference to Argentine

Ali Shibil Roshan
Luis Martinez received red card for his horror tackle on Lionel Messi
Luis Martinez received red card for his horror tackle on Lionel Messi / Edilzon Gamez/Getty Images

Luis Adrian Martinez has issued an apology to his Venezuela teammates, coaching staff and Venezuelan fans for his harsh foul that led to him being sent off during their World Cup Qualifiers clash with Argentina. The Venezuela centre-back, though, made no direct reference to Lionel Messi, who suffered the horror tackle.

Argentina had won the game 3-1, with all four goals being scored after Venezuela were reduced to 10 men following Martinez's sending off. Martinez had his studs into the top of Messi's shin in the first half of the match, and following a VAR check, he was shown the red card.

Issuing an apology on Twitter, Martinez wrote [via Marca]: "Today I have no words, those who know me know that I would never go to hurt the physical integrity of a colleague.

"I just want to offer my apologies to my teammates, the coaching staff and all the Venezuelan fans that support us from the heart. I love my country and I take total responsibility."

Meanwhile, Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni revealed Messi is 'fine'. He said [via Mundo Albiceleste]: "Leo (Messi) is fine. It was a scare but luckily he is fine. We will confirm his condition 100% this afternoon when we do some work on the pitch."