The Belgian and Manchester City midfielder, Kevin De-Bruyne, spoke about his European Champions League experience and his own assessment of what transpired between him and Antonio Rudiger and why the referee made the right decision in not sending Rudiger off.
Speaking about the incident, according to the Twitter handle of Kristof Terreur, Kevin De-Bruyne says, "he doesn’t remember a lot from the CL-final against Chelsea-nothing since the Rudiger block." I have seen the images before. He just wanted to block me, not to cause an injury. For me, it was not a red card. I was concussed, so the final is all a blur."
Antonio Rudiger was heavily criticised for that tackle on KDB, because it didn't just sideline the player with an injury, it probably affected the Manchester City setup that day. And I am certain that Chelsea would not have won the game easily, and the match would have dragged on.
One of the many who were furious with the Chelsea defender was Belgium's coach, Roberto Martinez. Martinez claims that the tackle on the midfielder was a reckless one, and was deemed totally unacceptable and deserving of a red card.
He said: "Rudiger is quite fortunate. If you look at the replay, there are no head clashes. He's appropriately letting go of Kevin's shoulder. He appears to be concussed, and we'll see how he's doing. But there's a sad note here, because Rudiger is holding his head [as if he, too, has been harmed] –almost as if he wants to convey that he's concealing something. It was excessive force and recklessness for me.
"It should have been a red card as well. Kevin De-Bruyne isn't a player who gets hurt for no reason.The discomfort is visible, and the eyes are swollen."
However, in the spirit of fairness and for love of the game. Kelvin De-Bruyne has opened up about how he feels. His statement settles whatever debate as to if the referee made a mistake in not showing Rudiger a red card after the incidence. For According to Kevin De-Bruyne, Rudiger intention was to block him, it was unfortunate, he ended up injuring him. His statement makes sense.
Image credit: Goal.com/ Sportbible/ Twitter/ Transfermarkt.
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