"I Am Sorry, Onazi's Injury Wasn't Intentional" – France Midfielder, Blaise Matuidi
France and PSG midfielder, Blaise Matuidi has apologised for a bone crunching ankle challenge which left Nigerian player Ogenyi Onazi, injured and taken out on a stretcher.
Matuidi’s horrific tackle was only good enough for a yellow card from the Referee’s point of view; a decision that left most of the global viewing audience fuming as the French advanced to the quarter finals ahead of Nigeria, thanks to two late goals.
Matuidi admitted afterwards that his challenge was a poor one but said he had no intention to injure Onazi.
“I’m sorry,” he told the media after the game. “I’ve not gone in to hurt him; I’m disappointed because I’m not a dirty player.
“I went into the [Nigeria] dressing room afterwards to apologise”, he said.