Matuidi ‘Disappointed’ With Onazi Challenge

Matuidi ‘Disappointed’ With Onazi Challenge

France midfielder Blaise Matuidi has admitted that he was “disappointed” with his tackle that forced Nigeria’s Ogenyi Onazi off during les Bleus’ 2-0 World Cup last-16 success over the African champions.

Just before an hour had been played, the Paris Saint-Germain midfielder challenged the Lazio player in the centre of the field but was late to the ball and caught Onazi on the ankle – a blow that ended the 21-year-old’s involvement and left Nigeria boss Stephen Keshi fuming.

Matuidi, who was only shown a yellow card for the tackle, has confessed that the challenge was a poor one but has protested that there was no intent to injure the Super Eagles man.

“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.”

The PSG star had praise for the spirit of his side, who had spent much of the opening hour under pressure from their opponents before Paul Pogba’s header and Joseph Yobo’s own-goal sealed the win.

“We may not have the talent of previous generations but we have the heart and the mind,” he said. “This is what has put us [in the quarter-finals].”

For midfield partner Pogba, the 27-year-old only had words of admiration.

“He has a great future and he showed that today,” the Toulouse-born added stated.

Matuidi has 26 caps for France, which he will be aiming to add to when they meet either Algeria or Germany in the quarter-finals on Friday.

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COMMENTS

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  • Conscience 4 years ago

    I can only tell Matuidi to go do the same to a German and see if he is not red carded. I had respect for him before now but now I think he is a coward.

  • val Duruanyaoha 4 years ago

    Matuidi should hide his face in shame for wanting to abruptly end the career of Onazi. His so called apology is medicine after death. However, I blame the referee for allowing him to stay on the pitch after that brutal tackle aimed at maiming Onazi.

  • The second french game i am watching. the first was Fraance vs Swizz and in that game a french player injured a swizz defender, that lead to the french scoring so many goals as Senderos was an unsuitable replacement for the injured no 5, and yesterday, in my opinoin, the same thing happended to the Nigerian team. we did not show up with a suitable replacement for the injured Onazi. Up Super Eagles, they did the nation proud, good luck to France and the remaining teams.

  • KRIS OKORIE 4 years ago

    MEDICINE AFTER DEATH! HOW CAN A PLAYER COMMIT A RED CARD OFFENCE, AND IS ALLOWED TO CONTINUE? IT WAS A DELIBERATE AND CALCULATED ATTEMPT TO ELIMINATE ONAZI AND ELIMINATE NIGERIA. FRANCE COACH IS AWARE FIFA IS AWARE, THE REFEREE IS AWARE. IT WAS A PLAN 2ND HALF ADVISE TO DESTABLISE NIGERIA. WHAT A SHAME.

  • Steez dreezyi 4 years ago

    One word for matuidi KAMA……it’s gon get you sooner than you think……you injured a very fine player knowing fully well that tackle was very dangerous…yours is coming Baba lovey will make sure…….I wish on azide a speedy recovery……..blesss