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Everton's Funes Mori 'sorry' for bad challenge on Origi during Liverpool derby

BY Andy Hampson

Everton defender Ramiro Funes Mori has apologised to Divock Origi over the challenge that injured the Liverpool striker in Wednesday's Merseyside derby.

Funes Mori was sent off after catching Origi on the ankle in the 50th minute of Everton's 4-0 thrashing at Anfield.

Origi left the field on a stretcher and, although his ankle is not broken, Liverpool are still to learn the full extent of his injury.

Funes Mori wrote on his Twitter page: "I very much regret what happened yesterday. It was never my intention to harm a rival nor my colleagues (by) leaving the field.

"And regarding Divock Origi, I fervently hope it's nothing serious and know that was never my intention to hurt (him). I ask my apologies for what happened."

Meanwhile, beleaguered Everton boss Roberto Martinez has demanded an instant Wembley reaction in what now appears a daunting FA Cup semi-final against Manchester United tomorrow.

The Spaniard said: "We need to regroup and make sure we have that opportunity to give the fans what they deserve - a chance to get in the final. That game is so close to us I don't feel we should dwell on this game too long.

"It is such a huge footballing occasion at the weekend that the only way we have got is to face adversity in an exemplary way and get ready to perform well in the semi-final."

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