Real Madrid's captain Sergio Ramos has apologised to Viktoria Plzen's Milan Havel after hitting him in the face with his elbow.
"I wasn't expected to come out and talk but I went to find Milan in the changing room and he wasn't there because he's already gone to undergo tests. It was an action which happened so quickly. There's contact but there wasn't any intention to hurt a fellow footballer. The nose is very delicate, I've suffered from it myself, and any hit can cause a lot of bleeding. I hope that he recovers as soon as possible," Ramos said in the mixed zone following the match.
Ramos also admitted that he feels singled out by critics and second guesses his style somewhat following the incident with Mohamed Salah in the Champions League final. The defender received a lot of insults and attacks as many believed he deliberately went out to injure Liverpool's star man.
"When you've been playing at a top level for such a long time, being the captain of your country and Real Madrid, you're always in the spotlight. Throughout my career I've dealt with criticism well and I'm not going to change. We all make mistakes and learn from them but I am what I am and that's what has helped me achieve what I have," added Ramos.
"What happened with Salah stays with me, knowing the repercussions it could have, and now I think about things 30 times over. But I'm not going to change the way I play because it's been key to my success. I've never gone out with the intention to hurt a fellow professional and I've had my nose broken three times."