Standard Liege winger Mehdi Carcela was left incapacitated by a boot the face from Racing Genk's Chris Mavinga (on loan from Liverpool) in their Jupiler League title deciding match on Tuesday.
Carcela and Chris Mavinga were chasing the ball in the first half when the Genk defender tried a high clearance. Instead of the ball, he kicked the Moroccan in the face. Carcela fell forward and lay motionless for a few minutes while medics attended to him. Mavinga received a yellow card.
Carcela was taken to a nearby hospital but since his condition was stable, doctors allowed him to transfer to a nearby Liege clinic. He is expected to be operated on next week.
Carcela has several facial fractures and a concussion and Mavinga, though his incredibly reckless kick wasn't intended for Carcela's face, was lucky to not get sent off.
The match ended in a 1-1 draw, which was enough for Genk to take the silverware, but it must have been hard to celebrate after that disturbing scene. Well, harder.
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