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Watford's Miguel Britos issues apology for tackle on Brighton's Anthony Knockaert

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Miguel Britos was shown a straight red card for his challenge on Anthony Knockaert

Watford defender Miguel Britos has issued a public apology for his horror tackle on Brighton winger Anthony Knockaert.

Britos was shown a straight red card in the 24th minute of the 0-0 draw at Vicarage Road on Saturday for a reckless two-footed lunge on Knockaert.

It was Britos' fourth red card in less than two years at Watford and the 32-year-old admitted there were "no excuses" for the challenge made.

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"I would like to publicly apologise for my red card on Saturday," he told the club's website.

"It was not my intention to hurt the Brighton player, and I am happy he was okay and able to carry on playing the match.

"My timing was wrong but there are no excuses and I was very sad when I was in the dressing room.

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"I know I let the coach, my team-mates, the fans and everyone down and for this I am very sorry."

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He added: "I have experienced the highs and lows in the two matches at Vicarage Road this season and this is football.

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"I have seen the statistics about my red cards and I am not happy about this, this is not how I want my career to be talked about."

"I accept my punishment and I know it will be a few weeks before I can be available to play again, but I will be working hard in training so that, if selected, I am ready to help the team."

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