Collins ‘waited 25 mins after final whistle for Grealish’ after kung-fu red card

Nathan Collins reportedly waited 25 minutes after the final whistle for Jack Grealish following his kung-fu kick red card.

The Wolverhampton Wanderers defender was sent off during their home defeat to Manchester City on Saturday for a reckless challenge on the England winger. Collins caught Grealish in the stomach with a studs up challenge after the pair contested a long ball during the first half of City's 3-0 victory at Molineux.

According to the Mirror, Collins waited for Grealish to finish celebrating and carrying out post-match interviews to apologise for the tackle and insist it was not a malicious challenge.

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The report also states that Grealish accepted the apology, having also told his team-mates at full-time that it was his leg that was left in the most pain after Collins' studs had gone down his body after the challenge.

Republic of Ireland international Collins was slammed by the BT Sport pundits for the incident at half time, with Rio Ferdinand stating: “He wouldn't have too many questions about it. It's a rush of blood to the head.”

Meanwhile, former City defender Joleon Lescott questioned his intentions as he was "not trying to clear it", before Rachel Brown-Finnis added: “He realises how stupid he was and how he’s let his team down.”

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The dismissal was the fourth red card of Collins' professional career and the first he has received since signing for Wolves in the summer. The 21-year-old arrived from Burnley during pre-season in a deal worth just under £22million.

Wolves were already trailing by two goals at the time of the red card, with Grealish's first minute opener followed by Erling Haaland's 11th league goal of the campaign.

Phil Foden went on to complete the scoring in the 69th minute after he converted Kevin De Bruyne's low cross from close range.

The defeat leaves Wolves outside the bottom three on goal difference having won just one of their opening seven matches. They will also now be without Collins, who had played every minute this season prior to the red card, for their next three matches.


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