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  Wednesday, 27 November, 2002, 23:43 GMT
Bellamy rues hot temper
Newcastle manager Bobby Robson puts an arm round Craig Bellamy after his red card
Robson puts an arm round Bellamy as he walks off
Craig Bellamy said his sending-off against Inter Milan was the lowest point of his football career.

Bellamy received the fastest dismissal in Champions League history when he was red-carded after five minutes for an apparent punch on Inter defender Marco Materazzi.

Newcastle went on to lose 4-1 with Domenico Marfeo, Matias Almeyda, Hernan Crespo and Alvaro Recoba scoring for the Italian side.

Nolberto Solano's effort for the home side proved to be a consolation goal while Bellamy was left rue his second ban in this season's Champions League competition.


It's a dream to be playing on this stage and I'm blowing it by stupid incidents
Craig Bellamy

He was suspended for three matches during the first phase when Uefa reviewed video evidence of a head-butting incident against Dynamo Kiev.

"I've reacted and I've let everyone down," said Bellamy.

"It's probably my lowest point in football. It's going to take a while to get over this one but I've got no choice."

Bellamy appeared to have been caught by Matterazi before lashing out at the former Everton defender.

He added: "I look at it and think 'why didn't I go down when he's made contact with me', but that's not in my nature and I paid the biggest price for my stupidity.

"It's a dream to be playing on this stage and I'm blowing it by stupid incidents.

"It's my own fault. Whatever's he's done or whatever he hasn't done, you don't react.

"I should know better because I play international football.

"I know what it's like. I know how different it is from the Premiership and I've cocked it up."

Bellamy's manager Sir Bobby Robson was furious with the striker and hinted that he would fine him.


The lads never let us down
Sir Bobby Robson

"It's an internal matter which we will deal with in the appropriate fashion," said the fuming 69-year-old.

"You'll just have to leave it to the club to realise that it's a situation which we have to deal with, and we will.

"He was irresponsible and unprofessional and for that, the club and the team have suffered. That's the only two words that I will use, end of story. We will deal with it."

But Robson was happy with the rest of his players.

"After we were reduced to 10 players, they responded magnificently," said the Newcastle boss.

"Anyone not at the match would think we've had a roasting but we haven't. I just think the team was magnificent.

"The lads have absolutely everything in terms of energy, in terms of commitment. They never let us down."

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