Despite Matuidi’s apology, Onazi seeks FIFA axe on French midfielder

The tackle was widely condemned including by Diego Maradona.


The disciplinary committee of FIFA has let France’s Blaise Matuidi off the hook despite his rash tackle on Super Eagles midfielder Ogenyi Onazi.

The deadly tackle, which forced Onazi out of the France-Nigeria Round of 16 game, has drawn widespread criticism with the likes of Diego Maradona describing the act as worse than the biting incident of Suarez.

However, contrary to the expectations of many, FIFA’s Disciplinary Commission has decided not to take action against the Paris Saint-Germain midfielder.

Indeed, Onazi would be disappointed with the FIFA action having passionately appealed that justice be served on the player whose action many believe hastened Nigeria’s ouster from the ongoing FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

Speaking in Brasilia after undergoing surgery on the injured left leg, Onazi said what FIFA has done is not to respect the rules that they themselves have set.

“The French side will announce to the world before a game that we are very physical so that they can come and commit murder and get away with it, yet FIFA will fold their arms and do nothing. I am totally in tune with Maradona, who believes that the tackle on me was worse than what Luis Suarez did to Italian Chellini.

“I will please beg that FIFA should go back and watch the tape of the game and apply necessary sanctions for the good of the game, otherwise it’s Nigeria today, it could be another big country tomorrow. Justice must be done”, Onazi was quoted as saying in a statement, Tuesday evening, by the Super Eagles’ media officer, Ben Alaiya.

Also on Tuesday, Matuidi apologised to Onazi for the tackle.

“@OnaziOgenyi hi my friend,1st of all i’d like to apology for what happened. I feel sorry. Wish you a speedy recovery and the best for you.xx,” the French midfielder said on his twitter handle @MATUIDIBlaise.

It is not clear if Matuidi apologised after Onazi’s statement of it the Eagle’s midfielder was unsatisfied with the apology.

Having been left off the hook, Matuidi will now be available for Friday’s quarterfinal against Germany as the Les Bleus seek a second World Cup triumph after victory on home soil in 1998.

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