Shakhtar player Ferreyra apologizes for pushing ballboy

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ROME (AP) Shakhtar Donetsk player Facundo Ferreyra has apologized for pushing a ballboy during Tuesday’s Champions League loss at Roma.

Shakhtar’s Twitter account quotes Ferreyra as saying, “I’m really sorry for what happened. That’s football, it was a very emotional moment in the match. There was no evil intent on my part.”

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A small scuffle between players broke out 10 minutes before full time after Ferreyra pushed the ballboy over the advertising boards when trying to retrieve the ball from him. Ferreira was shown a yellow card.

Roma won 1-0 to reach the quarterfinals on the away goals rule after a 2-2 aggregate score.