Raphinha issues grovelling apology as he reveals reason for shocking outburst after repeatedly punching Barcelona bench | The Sun

BARCELONA winger Raphinha has apologised following his meltdown after being substituted against Manchester United.

It ended all square in the first leg of the Europa League tie with the Brazilian netting the equaliser in the 2-2 draw at the Nou Camp.

The former Leeds man was left seething when he was replaced by Ferran Torres in the 83rd minute and took his anger out on Marcos Alonso's seat in the dug out.

After apologising to manager Xavi the winger has now come out and issued a public apology.

He said: " I've already apologised and I will do it again on training. I want to say sorry for my reaction after the change, it won't happen again".

He added: "I don't have any problem with Xavi or the club, I just wanted to be on the pitch."

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It was a pulsating encounter between the two sides with the Brazilian more than playing his part.

Raphinhaprovided the assist for Marcos Alonso who headed the Catalan giants in front.

Barcelona were left stunned as two quickfire goals from the in-form Marcus Rashford and a Jules Kounde own goal saw them fall behind.

Raphinha got his side back into it as his cross sailed past everyone and into the back of the net.

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The second leg takes place at Old Trafford on Thursday, February 23.

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