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Anderlecht’s Marcin Wasilewski To Refuse Handshake With Zenit’s Axel Witsel Over Leg-Breaking Horror Lunge Three Years Ago

By Chris Wright

Saints be praised, it’s another handshake controversy! Anderlecht have confirmed that Marcin Wasilewski will refuse to shake hands with Zenit St Petersburg midfielder Axel Witsel before the two teams meet in the Champions League.

According to Anderlecht Online, president Herman Van Holsbeeck and coach John van den Brom “tried to convince Wasilewski to leave the past behind him, but without success,”¬†¬†however, Anderlecht have “accepted Wasyl’s decision and will not punish him if the two don’t shake hands.”

The refusal is due to the leg-breaking horror tackle that put Wasilewski out for almost an entire year while Witsel was still at Standard Liege and the subsequent aborted appeal that the Belgian midfielder attempted afterwards – Witsel eventually effectively having to flee to Benfica to escape the haranguing he was receiving in his homeland.

WARNING: You’re under no obligation to press play on this video…

The more we see that tackle, the more we feel ourselves siding with Wasilewski over this one.


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By Chris on October 24th, 2012 in Champions League, Injuries, Videos. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.

6 Responses to “Anderlecht’s Marcin Wasilewski To Refuse Handshake With Zenit’s Axel Witsel Over Leg-Breaking Horror Lunge Three Years Ago”

  1. Meldeath says:

    Thankfully Wasyl came back to full fitness. Can’t imagine our national team without him at this point. About the handshake… I probably wouldn’t want to shake hands with this guy either.

    • Pascal Laurent says:

      It was an accident! Axel first tried to escape to the dangerous tackle of Wasylewski… the real bad man man was the polish one!!!

  2. TheBelgianBrady says:

    Wasilewski has every right to refuse Witsels handshake, but he doesn’t have to be a sanctimonious arse about it. The man has a decent track record in that kind of stuff himself:

  3. Stiopa says:

    Wasyl has shaked hands!

  4. Stiopa says:

    Wasyl shaked hands with Witsel!

  5. Puffy says:

    Witzel has always been a thug…

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