Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa put in a tackle from behind on Samir Nasri, during the second half in Sunday’s game against Manchester City, and that tackle eventually resulted in Nasri stretched off the field, and it turns out the French International is out for eight weeks with knee ligament damage.
Samir Nasri – after Yanga-Mbiwa’s tackle
That’s the bad news, but the good news is that Nasri should recover and be available for France in the World Cup in Brazil over the summer.
But it appears that Samir is not at all keen to talk to the Newcastle defender, who has done his best to contract Nasri to personally apologize.
This is what Mapou has said in the local press about the incident:
“I was waiting to meet him in front of the changing-room door but he got treatment,” “Then, I immediately tried to get his phone number. I called him several times but he never answered.”
“I left a message, I tried again on Monday but I failed to talk to him. I will try again because I want to apologise personally. I was so sorry. I clearly didn’t want to hurt him or be violent.”
“I wanted to trip him up, there was no nastiness. I finally heard it should be a two-month absence and I was relieved. When I heard it could imperil his World Cup, I felt really bad.”
Mapou is at least being honest, because he did try to stop Nasri in what was going to be another quick breakaway by the visitors, so it was what’s called a professional foul.
And we suppose Mapou’s doing his best and doing the right thing by wanting to apologize personally to his French International team-mate.
But we can also understand why Samir is not happy with Mapou, and certainly City manager Pellegrini thought the tackle form behind was a red card offense.
But referee Mike Jones had already done enough to ensure a Manchester City win, by amazingly disallowing a perfectly good goal in the first half by our stand-in captain Cheick Tiote.
You can’t expect everything to go your way.
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