Ramsey says sorry for his red card in the 2-1 World Cup qualifying win over Scotland.
“I said I’m sorry for letting the boys down because I’m missing the next game now.
“It was very disappointing – it’s something I need to learn from.
“I should have looked up at the clock and let the goalkeeper take the free-kick. I had to (foul McArthur) in the end.
“It’s disappointing to do what I’ve done after a great performance.”
Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey has apologised for his late red card in Wales 2-1 World Cup qualifying victory over Scotland.
Having equalised for the visitors, the midfielder was sent off in the 90th minutes for hauling down Wigan’s James McCarthur with a challenge that more closely resembled a rugby tackle than something normally seen on the football field.
With McArthur through on goal, Ramsey felt he ‘had’ to make the tackle and a late equaliser for the Scots would have all but ended Wales’ already slim hopes of qualifying for Brazil 2014.
That said, Chris Coleman’s men now host Croatia on Tuesday without one of their most influential and talented players.
Tottenham’s Gareth Bale, undoubtedly the jewel in the Welsh crown, is expected to return for the match at the Liberty Stadium despite being hauled off at half-time at Hampden with twin ankle and stomach problems.
But Ramsey’s absence will be felt, particularly when Liverpool’s Joe Allen – the other Welsh pass-master who normally partners Ramsey in the middle of the park – is already ruled out.
Not only is Bale’s supply line considerably weakened by the duo’s absence but Croatia also boast a midfield containing former Tottenham star Luka Modric, who has begun to find his feet at Real Madrid of late.
It is impossible to tell what could have happened if Ramsey had allowed McArthur a run on goal. But what’s undeniable is that the former Cardiff City man will be missed on Tuesday night.