Television pictures showed that immediately after Sunday's match in Guayaquil, Banguera slapped Emelec captain and fellow Ecuador international Pedro Quinonez violently in the face.
Emelec officials said that Quinonez was knocked to the ground by the force of the impact, suffered convulsions and nearly lost consciousness. He spent the night in hospital complaining of dizziness and was released on Monday.
"I want to apologize sincerely to Pedro Quinonez, his family, the supporters, everyone," Banguera told a news conference.

 "I was a bad loser. I am aware if there is a sanction, I will have to face it," he added.

The two players had also been involved in an angry exchange during the Shipyard Derby which Emelec won 2-0.


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