It was the 57th minute of the Monaco vs Marseille match when Axel Disasi did every little thing he might to keep away from a one-on-one with Amine Harit.
The French centre-back made contact with the Moroccan participant and Harit‘s pained face advised the worst, in addition to the picture of Dimitri Payet on the sideline holding his arms to his head.
Marseille‘s medical report then confirmed the worst fears. The previous Schalke participant has a sprained cruciate ligament in his left knee and can, due to this fact, miss the World Cup.
“Psychologically he’s in a really troublesome and important second as he’ll miss his second World Cup in a row,” stated his father.
Disasi insists he feels no guilt
Disasi‘s response within the warmth of the second, irrespective of how a lot he touched the ball, was agency.
“I do not really feel any guilt,” he stated.
“This isn’t dancing. It is soccer and it is a contact sport.”
Disasi is named up by Deschamps
Mockingly, whereas Harit misses out on the World Cup, Disasi has turn out to be France‘s twenty sixth participant after Presnel Kimpembe’s last-minute withdrawal.
Didier Deschamps has already defended his choice, conscious of the controversy in France about this name.
“I want Harit a fast restoration, however it was a part of the sport,” the France coach stated.
“In soccer, accidents typically occur in coaching. What’s extra, typically gamers injure themselves.
“I do know Axel is sorry, however he should not blame himself.”
Racist insults in opposition to Disasi
The hours after his France call-up weren’t straightforward for Disasi as he suffered racist insults.
“Monaco expresses its full assist for Axel, the sufferer of a cascade of violent, threatening and racist messages,” the membership stated in an official assertion.
Disasi additionally took to Instagram himself to share his ideas.
“It is by no means straightforward to precise your self in these moments,” he stated.
“As quickly as I noticed Amine I understood that his damage was critical.
“I’ve tried to place myself in his sneakers, however I can not really feel one-hundredth of what he’s going by means of and that saddens me.
“Those that have seen the match will clearly perceive that I’m simply attempting to search for the ball.
“What got here afterwards on social media, the insults to my household, the racism, the disclosure of my telephone quantity, these are issues which are unacceptable and incomprehensible in 2022.
“Frustration could make individuals say issues they later remorse, myself first, after what I stated within the post-match interview, however it’s nonetheless sport and there are limits. All the very best to Harit.”