Higuain sent off for screaming at referee (image courtesy AP)

Gonzalo Higuain has apologised for failing to control his temperament in AC Milan’s 2-0 defeat to his parent club Juventus on Sunday.

Higuain, who is on loan from the Old Lady, was sent off for screaming at referee Paolo Mazzoleni in protest at a yellow card for a foul on Medhi Benatia after earlier missing a penalty.

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He said, “I know that we are an example for all children, for those who play football, for the people watching, but we are not robots, and we carry things within us.

“We are human, we feel emotions, the game was not going the right way and it was one of those days.

“I think sometimes the referees should understand the situation.”

The 30-year-old striker has scored five goals for Milan but could not get one past his parent club.