Saturday saw two horrible tackles in the Premier League and Serie A respectively.
Arsenal’s 4-1 mauling of Bolton saw the Gunners produce some excellent football (including a 24-pass goal) but the one negative for the Gunners was an injury to Abou Diaby.
The French midfielder who replaced Jack Wilshere on the hour lasted just over ten minutes before a pretty disgraceful tackle by Bolton left back Paul Robinson.
After the game Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger said: “I believe it was a bad tackle on Diaby, he is not in a good shape… It is ankle or shin â€“ he cannot move his leg at the moment so we will see.”
(Another Arsenal Blog have a good piece on the media blackout on this tackle.)
Proving that it isn’t only veteran English defenders who can make poor tackles, Argentine defender Nicolas Burdisso produced a horror show as he was sent off and gave away a penalty in Roma’s 5-1 defeat at Cagliari.
With the score 1-1, Burdisso flew into Daniele Conti with the Cagliari player lucky to escape serious injury besides the 30 stitches he reportedly had put into his leg.
Burdisso took full responsibility for the horrific challenge: “I made a terrible mistake, I apologised to Daniele on the pitch and then in the locker room afterwards. I went there to get the ball, but then I saw he was down and realised my game was over. I did not go in with bad intentions. I told Conti that and what I want to reiterate is that I want more than anything that he can get back on the field as soon as possible.Â I went for the ball and just didnâ€™t see him, I was looking only at the ball. I also spoke to his Dad (a Roma director)Â and apologised.”