Merengue captain Nacho Fernández received a three-match suspension for “dangerous play” after his violent tackle on Portu in Girona on Saturday, during Real’s victory (3-0). The Spanish defender was sent off in added time (90+4) for an uncontrolled tackle above the ankle. The Girona player had to be evacuated on a stretcher and taken to hospital.
The Spaniard suffers from bone edema in the tibial malleolus of his right ankle and a muscle tear in his left buttock, his club said. Nacho later publicly apologized for his tackle. “I would like to apologize to Portu for this unintentional action during the match. Today, as in my entire career, I never intended to hurt anyone. I hope you can recover well and quickly,” the Spanish international posted on his Instagram account.
“Nacho offered his apologies and they were accepted. There is no need to do more. As I said, it was a lack of lucidity,” the Real Madrid coach said on Monday Carlo Ancelotti, questioned about his player’s gesture. Nacho will therefore miss the matches against Osasuna and Sevilla, as well as the Clasico against FC Barcelona, during the 11th day of La Liga.
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