Didier Drogba has claimed he wishes he had punched Nemanja Vidic in the UEFA Champions League final.
The Chelsea striker was dismissed towards the end of extra time after raising his hands towards the Manchester United defender, with the Red Devils going on to triumph in a dramatic penalty shoot-out.
Drogba believes he should not have seen red, but claims he would prefer to have acted in a way which would have seen him deserve to be given his marching orders.
The Ivory Coast international said in his autobiography: "I have seen the match on video and I believe I should not have been sent off with three minutes to go.
"If I had punched him, I would have understood. Now I wish I had."
Drogba claims his frustrations boiled over in the closing stages because of his desire for victory and his anger at missing a chance earlier in the match.
He added: "You have a lot of regrets when you go to the final and lose it. I have more regrets about losing the final than being sent off.
"But it wasn't the worst feeling. Hitting the post was. I wasn't feeling well because I was playing alone and against world-class defenders. When you get a chance like that you have to take it.
"Some Chelsea fans blame me for losing. I can take it but I think I gave my best, as I always do, because I want to be No.1. Sometimes I want that too much.
"I apologised to my friends. People can make mistakes."