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Gervinho apologises for SLAPPING Naby Keita and getting sent off at AFCON 2015.

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Former Arsenal forward Gervinho has issued a wholehearted apology after being sent off during the Ivory Coast’s opening match in the African Cup of Nations.

The Roma player was dismissed after slapping Guinea forward in a seemingly unprovoked attack during a 1-1 draw in Equatorial Guinea. The 27-year-old, who reacted in remarkable fashion – throwing himself to the ground in disbelief.

Gervinho has now taken to social media to express his apology, writing on Twitter: ‘I want to present my apologies to the Ivorian nation, my teammates, the fans and the ACN organizers for this angry gesture which is not like me, and who has no place recess on a football field.’

Gervinho (centre) turns to slap Naby Keita midway through the match in Malabo on Tuesday

Gervinho (centre) turns to slap Naby Keita midway through the match in Malabo on Tuesday

As the former Arsenal forward swings, he catches his opposition player, who then falls to the ground

As the former Arsenal forward swings, he catches his opposition player, who then falls to the ground

Gervinho (left) holds out his arms as Keita holds his face on the floor during the Africa Cup of Nations match

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