Emmanuel Eboue has insisted he does not deserve to be viewed as one of football's 'bad guys'.
"People think I am a bad guy, I am not. I am a nice guy when I play," the Ivory Coast international said in the Sunday Mirror.
"I swear I did not touch Evra. I don't know why I got the red card. I jumped in a way to protect myself, not to hurt him.
"Now I have to be careful when I am on the pitch."
Eboue accepts that he does look to put in strong tackles, but he does not want his aggression to be misunderstood and is now considering a change of approach.
"I want to win the ball in the tackle and I want to win the game, but if I have a card I have to stop.
"Maybe I have done some bad things but am I an animal? No, I am not."