Argentina legend, Diego Maradona, has described as “criminal” Blaise Matuidi’s tackle challenge on Nigerian midfielder, Ogenyi Onazi in Monday’s round of 16 clash at the Fifa World Cup between France and Nigeria in Brasilia.
Maradona, working a pundit for the World Cup with Venezuelan television, Telesur TV, hit out at the American referee, Mark Geiger, for not considering Matuidi’s “tackle as a criminal act.”
He went on to state that the Frenchman’s challenge on Onazi is worse than Luis Suarez’s bite on Italian defender, Giorgio Chiellini.
“It is impossible that the referee did not see the tackle as a criminal act. It is even worse than what Suarez has done [to Chiellini],” Maradona said during the Venezuelan television show.
Maradona even put up a picture of the Frenchman’s tackle on Onazi, which he captioned as “the injury suffered by Onazi, by Matuidi…”
Onazi now faces a lengthy spell on the sidelines of at least two months after reports emerged that the Lazio midfielder has suffered injuries to his tibia and fibula.