Dean Windass has denied he deliberately tried to hurt Neil Young after being sent off for a reckless tackle in Bradford's 0-0 draw with Bournemouth on Saturday.
The experienced Bantams striker saw red after just 12 minutes of the League One clash following a nasty two-footed challenge on the Cherries defender, and went to the away dressing room after the game to apologise.
Young was furious with Windass following the incident, but the 37-year-old - who admits the tackle was bad - insists he had no intention of causing his opponent any harm.
"I haven't gone to do the lad, I saw him come in with two feet and tried to protect myself by getting my knees up," Windass told the club's official website.
"It looks bad but I didn't go in maliciously to hurt him, but I had an idea I would be off.
"All of their players came running across, which made it worse, but we have all been in that situation.
"The linesman was right there as well so I knew I as in trouble.
"I was fired up for the game because we really needed to win it, but it wasn't out of frustration, I just wanted us to win so badly.
"Sometimes your heart rules your head but there are no excuses and I will take the punishment on the chin whatever is thrown at me.
"It's the price you pay for one second of madness."
However Young is fuming with the Bradford star, claiming the tackle could have caused monumental damage if Windass had connected with a standing foot.
"He knew it was a bad tackle, otherwise he wouldn't have tried to apologise," said Young.
"He raised his knees to his chest and went in two-footed.
"If my leg had been rooted to the floor it could have shattered into a million pieces.
"He has been around the game for a long time and should know better."