Eleven-Match Ban For Standard Liege’s Axel Witsel Over Horror Tackle‎

The young midfielder has been suspended until 23 November.

The Belgian FA (KBVB) have handed Standard Liege midfielder Axel Witsel a hefty suspension after his red card in the 1-1 league draw against Anderlecht on Sunday.

The Belgian international received his marching orders after 24 minutes of play following a reckless challenge on Anderlecht defender Marcin Wasilowski.

The latter will be unavailable for at least twelve months due to the broken leg he sustained and Witsel is under heavy criticism as a result of his behaviour.

This was reason for the KBVB to ban Witsel from the football fields until 23 November, meaning that he will miss ten league matches and one cup game.

Witsel accepted the suspension without any further appeal and regretted the results of his action, pointing out that he never had the intention to hurt his opponent.

Goal

~ by footballdirecta on September 2, 2009.

10 Responses to “Eleven-Match Ban For Standard Liege’s Axel Witsel Over Horror Tackle‎”

  1. That is an absolute disgrace, any person like that who intentionally (and this appears the case), go out and injure a fellow player in such an horrific way deserves a MINIMUM of a years ban.
    This is not the way that football should be played and sets a bad precedent to kids who dream of being a professional footballer.
    An utter, utter disgrace.

  2. horrible tackle deserves to be band for life because that is not what football should be about to hurt your opponent. anybody can say sorry afterwards it doesn’t mean he didn’t mean to break the guys leg.

  3. The most ideal punishment for this mistake is to be banned from playing football forever.

  4. Just heard about this and wanted to watch it and read about it ! of course no place like this blog ! (thanks guys)

    So this player wont be able to play again, right?

  5. A pleasure Frankom and glad to know ur keeping up with our news.

    Obviously Standard Liege will appeal the decision made against its player and probably have his punishment reduced.

    This player should never set feet on a pitch again ever.

  6. People should really learn to judge a case like this by the foul, rather than the injury. Yes, he intended to intimidate Wasilewski, who is a very tough player himself, at times downright dirty. But he did NOT mean to break his leg. No player goes out on the pitch with the intent of breaking someone’s leg. The ban is one of the longest I have known. Including European football, if UEFA follow, it will be 15 games. The REAL problem is, challengees like this should be punished heavily even if they do not result in serious injury. With a little luck, Wasilewski could have got away with a bruising. In which case the sentence for Witsel should have been the same, in my opinion. That is the only way to stop these challenges from happening.

  7. Well the only thing you will get out of a tackle like that is a broken leg to the opposition. So we should judge both the tackle and injury.

    Rakan

  8. People should really learn to judge a case like this by the foul, rather than the injury. Yes, he intended to intimidate Wasilewski, who is a very tough player himself, at times downright dirty. But he did NOT mean to break his leg. No player goes out on the pitch with the intent of breaking someone's leg. The ban is one of the longest I have known. Including European football, if UEFA follow, it will be 15 games. The REAL problem is, challengees like this should be punished heavily even if they do not result in serious injury. With a little luck, Wasilewski could have got away with a bruising. In which case the sentence for Witsel should have been the same, in my opinion. That is the only way to stop these challenges from happening….

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