Phil Bardsley has apologised for his over-the-top challenge on Everton's Steven Pienaar.
The Sunderland full-back caught the South African winger with a late and high tackle during the Black Cats' 1-0 defeat to the Toffees on Sunday.
He was cautioned for the infringement at the time, but admits that seeing the incident on television has made him aware of how lucky he was to stay on the field.
Bardsley insists that there was no malice in the challenge, but in the wake of the Martin Taylor-Eduardo saga every over-zealous tackle is now likely to come under scrutiny.
"When I saw (Joleon) Lescott play the ball, I though it was a slow pass and I could have nicked in front of Pienaar to win the ball," Bardsley told the Newcastle Journal.
"But it wasn't to be and I caught him. Looking back, it was a bad tackle. But when the TV slows it down, it looks a lot worse.
"I know it wasn't the greatest of tackles and I am glad the lad is okay.
"He puts his body in the way to protect the ball and I went for it and caught him.
"But when it is in full flight, I don't think anyone around the ground would have ever seen it until they replayed it on the TV."