Tuesday July 1 2014
Onazi forgives Matuidi

Lazio and Nigeria midfielder Ogenyi Onazi forgave Blaise Matuidi for a horror tackle, but there are mixed reports on a fracture.

The 21-year-old, commonly referred to as Eddy, was stretchered off after a shocking challenge from Matuidi in yesterday’s Round of 16 match.

Nigerian football news outlets reported he had suffered a double fracture of the tibia and fibula in his left leg.

However, the Corriere dello Sport claims Onazi assured Lazio directors there are “no fractures.”

He still posted a picture of his leg in plaster, so the situation remains unclear.

Lazio also released a tweet for the player: “Forza Onazi! You’ll be back better than ever!!! Good luck and Stay Strong!!”

Nigeria Coach Stephen Keshi was furious with the fact Matuidi only received a yellow card for that challenge.

“I want to know why the referee didn’t send Matuidi off. It’s shameful, as he’d already gone in with two dangerous tackles. The tendency was to favour the French.”

Matuidi apologised in public and private for the challenge. “I didn’t go in to hurt him and I’m disappointed, as I’m not a bad player. I apologise. I went into their dressing room to apologise.”

As for Onazi, he forgave Matuidi via Twitter. “Hi @MatuidiBlaise thanks for your support and concern. Let the game go on.

“Thanks to you guys, my friends and fans for your love, support and encouragement. Hoping to do much better next time.”

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