Onazi forgives Matuidi, out for a few weeks

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Lazio and Nigeria midfielder Ogenyi Onazi has forgiven Blaise Matuidi for the horror tackle that saw him taken off the pitch during the round of sixteen tie against France.

Also Onazi would have to spent the next few weeks on the sidelines after PSG midfielder Blaise Matuidi stepped on his ankle during the second half of the France – Nigeria second round World Cup tie.

There have been conflicting reports on the injury as some reports said he suffered a double fracture of the fibula in his left legOgenyi-Onazi

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.”

Eddy Onazi would have to spent the next few weeks on the sidelines after PSG midfielder Blaise Matuidi stepped on his ankle during the second half of the France – Nigeria second round World Cup tie.

The injury was so serious that the Lazio starlet had to move straight to the dressing room after he left the pitch in the 59th minute.
Despite what appeared to be a red card offense, the American referee Mark Geiger only issued a yellow card to the Frenchman, and his action was criticized by Stephen Keshi in his post match comments.

“The referee decides what happens on the field. I am not happy because on two occasions Onazi was fouled and nothing was done by the referee. And now he is going to be sidelined for weeks,” Stephen Keshi told reporters.

21 – year – old Eddy Onazi suited up four times for  the Super Eagles at the World Cup.

 

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