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During Ecuador's 2-2 draw with England last week, Valencia was sent off for strangling Raheem Sterling. The youngster, who is a club rival to Valencia in the Premier League, was guilty of an awful challenge in the second half which Valencia, fortunately, was able to jump out of the way of. Had Valencia's foot been planted when the studs of Sterling made contact, the United winger could have missed the World Cup, at the very least.
In response to this challenge, which Sterling was shown a red card for, Valencia tried to strangle the player. This retaliation meant he too was sent off.
The Telegraph reported that Valencia revealed he had apologised to his team-mates after the game.
I am sorry for the fight with Sterling. I apologised to the team after the match and the coach. When [Sterling] tackled me I thought about Segundo Castillo. He nearly missed the World Cup because of injury and I feared I would too, but thankfully I am okay.