Norwich’s Elmander admits shame over Arnautovic incident

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The Sweden international has expressed embarrassment over his clash with the Stoke City man.

Norwich City’s next meeting with Stoke could have an extra bit of spice after Canaries’ forward Johan Elmander admitted to using dirty tricks to get Austria international and Potters forward Marko Arnautovic sent off on Friday.

Elmander was on international duty for Sweden on Friday when the incident occurred during the closing stages of their key Group C clash which saw the Scandinavians secure a playoff berth at the expense of their opponents.

With the tension already mounting, Elmander And Arnautovic came together in the 90th minute, with the former going to ground in the immediate aftermath.

At first glance, it appeared that the Norwich man had been struck with a head butt from Arnautovic, but subsequent replays revealed the Austrian had made no contact with the former Bolton striker.

Despite this, the referee opted to side with Elmander, producing a red card for the Stoke City forward which will see him miss the remaining, albeit pointless, final group fixture on Tuesday.

Elmander received plenty of criticism in the immediate aftermath of the incident and today opted to speak about his actions and offer something in the way of an apology.

“I am an advocate of fair play and it happened right there are things that happen in a game when you're inside it, added and that is the end of the game and you're tired and stuff. That's what happens.”

“I'm not proud of what I did but now it is so,” he added.

Norwich have already played Stoke once this season, with the Canaries escaping the Britannia with a 1-0 win back in September.

They are next due to meet each other at Carrow Road in March, with the animosity between the two players likely to fester on until then.

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