Liverpool midfielder Javier Mascherano has written a letter of apology to ref Steve Bennett after his Manchester United meltdown.

The Mirror says Mascherano has said sorry to the official after he lost control when shown a second yellow card during a combustible contest with Manchester United.

Mascherano yesterday accepted an FA charge of improper conduct and has asked for a personal hearing to give himself the chance to show he has apologised and regrets his actions. The Argentine sent the letter to Bennett this week and in it he expressed regret and admitted he let the club and his team-mates down.

Mascherano has been fined two weeks' wages by Liverpool after accepting the charge, which amounts to a penalty of around £120,000.