Roma’s John Arne Riise issues apology for falling over

Posted by - February 17, 2011 - Champions League, Football videos, Italy, Oddballs

Sorry, I’m clumsy

Ex-Liverpool left-back John Arne Riise felt compelled to apologise to Roma fans after gifting Shakhtar Donetsk a goal by falling over for no apparent reason. The Norwegian’s strange collapse allowed Shakhtar to score their third goal in a 2-3 victory that leaves Roma teetering on the edge of Champions League elimination.

Afterwards, Riise said sorry:

“We played fairly well and I made an incredible mistake on the third goal, but I think we can win in Ukraine.

“I know that the fans are against me now and I feel terrible about this. That is football, but this was truly a negative match for me.

“I was going to hit the ball long, but then I thought about it a moment more and lost my balance. I really don’t know how I did it. I’ve had a similar experience with an own goal in the semi-final for Liverpool. I feel just sick, even physically.

“I hope the supporters can understand that I always give my all. I apologise to them. I went off at half-time because I made a mistake.”

OTP believes that roughly translates as ‘please don’t set my car on fire’.

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