Real Madrid: Toni Kroos apologizes for tirade with referee because he wants to be a better ‘role model’
Toni Kroos admits ‘in times of great emotion it’s hard to keep calm’ as he apologizes for his refereeing tirade after being booked for a ‘ghost tackle’ against Elche… as the Real Madrid star pledges to ‘ be respectful’ and be a better ‘role model’
Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos has apologized for setting a bad example after he unleashed a furious rant at the referee against Elche in the Copa del Rey.
Kroos, 32, continued to waver after taking a yellow card for what he believes was a ‘ghost hoist’ at Elche’s Tete Morente
Replays confirmed Kroos was nowhere near Morente when the Elche player went to the ground, but when he vehemently protested his innocence to the official, he was shown a yellow card for dissent.
Toni Kroos has apologized for setting a bad example when he unleashed a diatribe on a referee
The Real Madrid midfielder was furious over a yellow card picked up recently in the Copa del Rey
Kroos, who still disagrees with the booking, acknowledges that he is underperforming as a ‘role model’ for the next generation of footballers.
“In times of high emotion, it’s sometimes hard to keep calm,” Kroos said in a video posted on his… Toni Kroos Academy app.
“You may have seen this situation on the weekend when I got a yellow card that I didn’t quite agree with.
“I think it’s okay to argue with umpires or other players if you don’t agree with a decision, but I believe it’s important to act respectfully on the pitch, especially to be a good role model.” to be for our children. who is watching us.’
Kroos took on the challenge against Elche’s Tete Morente, but didn’t come close to the player
Morente went to ground in the Spanish Cup match with Kroos (left) still far from the action
It strikes a different tone than what Kroos posted on Twitter on January 20, when he wrote: ‘yellow card. Naturally.’
Kroos is determined to help young and aspiring players, and it’s telling that he has shared his thoughts on the incident in his new app.
The German midfielder gives lessons about football to those who have signed up with the app.
In the Elche cup match where red mist descended on the German, before he was changed on the stroke of extra-time, it turned out not to be too expensive.
While Carlo Ancelotti’s men were held to a 0-0 draw, forcing an extra 30 minutes, they struck twice to take the win.
Kroos was furious, but after reflection he accepts that he is underperforming as a ‘role model’
Real Madrid fell behind in extra time just before half-time when substitute Gonzalo Verdu gave Elche a shock lead moments after Real defender Marcelo was sent off for a red card.
But Ancelotti’s men turned the tide in the 15-minute second period as Isco scored the equalizer, before Eden Hazard scored an escape goal seven minutes later to complete the comeback.
Real are now through to the quarter-finals of Spanish football’s most prestigious national football, with Ancelotti’s side now heavy favorites to claim the trophy.