Ogenyi Onazi - Training again after World Cup injury
Tuesday Jul 01, 2014. 22:57
Nigeria midfielder Ogenyi Onazi has lashed out at FIFA and also demanded that Blaise Matuidi be punished for a rash tackle, which he described as worse than Luis Saurez bite on Italy’s Chellini.
The tackle which tore Onazi’s left leg tendon and it will now sideline him for at least four weeks.
Argentina legend Diego Armando Maradona widely protested Matuidi’s vicious tackle on the Lazio ace.
Speaking in Brasilia after undergoing surgery on the injured left leg, Onazi said what FIFA have done is not to respect the rules that they themselves have set.
“The French side will announce to the world before a game that we are very physical so that they can come and commit murder and get away with it, yet FIFA will fold their arms and do nothing,” he blasted.
“I am totally in tune with Maradona, who believes that the tackle on me was worst than what Luis Suarez did to the Italian Chellini.”
He added: “I will please beg that FIFA should go back and watch the tape of the game and apply necessary sanctions for the good of the game, otherwise it’s Nigeria today, it could be another big country tomorrow. Justice must be done.”
Also an angry Osaze Odemwingie has queried the officiating of American referee, Mark Geiger, describing it as not only appalling, but against what the General Coordinator for the game between Nigeria and France, Walter Sieber of Canada came to preach to the Super Eagles in Campinas, the Nigerian team base camp.
“I recall that when the Canadian came to us he showed us a film of a defender holding down a striker in the vital area in the course of a game and he was very clear that it should be a penalty,” Osaze said.
“I was then shocked that when I was held by the waist by a French defender, so much so that I could not move with the referee watching at close range, the man waived play on instead of a penalty and a possible expulsion for the player.
“FIFA should not make the world believe that they use double standards at the World Cup, I am shocked that even the media is keeping quiet over the blatant officiating.”
He also lambasted the cancellation of Nigeria’s opening goal and the brutish hacking of teammate Onazi.
“It was obvious that some forces wanted France to defeat us at all cost but one day Africa will get at par with the rest of the World in football.”