Thursday, May 19, 2011

DTotD: A sickening kick to the face in the Jupiler League

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.

The AP explains:

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.

Video via 101gg

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