Newcastle’s Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa Apologises To Samir Nasri Through L’Equipe After Having His Phone Calls Ignored

Chris Wright

14th, January 2014


By Chris Wright


Newcastle defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa has issued an apology to Samir Nasri after his petulant swipe during Sunday’s game at St James’ Park knackered the Man City man’s knee ligaments and duly put him out of action for the next two months.

Initially, Yanga-Mbiwa attempted to say sorry to Nasri in person after the game but Nasri was off receiving treatment somewhere. He then tried to phone through an apology to his compatriot but his calls went unanswered.

Unperturbed and still desperate to apologise to his international teammate, eventually Yanga-Mbiwa contacted L’Equipe to voice his regret via a quick interview, telling the French sports paper:

“I was waiting to meet him in front of the changing-room door but he got treatment. Then, I immediately tried to get his phone number. I called him several times but he never answered.

“I left a message, I tried again on Monday but I failed to talk to him. I will try again because I want to apologise personally. I was so sorry.

“I just wanted to prevent him from going ahead, make him fall. He stayed upright on the first tackle, but fell on the second one.

“I clearly didn’t want to hurt him or be violent with such a gesture. I wanted to trip him up, there was no nastiness.

“I finally heard it should be a two-month absence and I was relieved. When I heard it could be broken knee ligaments and it could imperil his World Cup, I felt really bad.”

Given the really rather nasty degree of internet venom which kicked up directly after the tackle (we actually saw it described as “premeditated assault” several times on Twitter), it’s nice to see Yanga-Mbiwa at least go to fair old lengths to apologise to Nasri – not that it’s going to make his injury heal any faster, of course.

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  1. Blue says:

    So he’s only out for 2 crucial months of City’s campaign, and he tried to apologise so that’s alright then. Perhaps he should be given some kind of award for assaulting Nasri and trying to apologise afterward. So if somebody punches your wife in the face and tries to apologise you would forgive them? Yea, right. Behave.

  2. Crimson says:

    I think your moniker of “Blue” is rather superfluous

  3. Joe says:

    What goes around…

    Two months out for Nasri versus a year out and a broken leg for Ben Arfa.
    Shall we call it evens, City fans?

  4. Giancarlo says:

    @Blue don’t be a baby–he’s doing the right thing out of a bad situation. Punching someone’s wife is totally outside of the scope considering tackles are allowed in football!

  5. Funtime says:

    @Blue – it’s football and people get hurt. He’s tried to apologise and feels remorse over what he did. Nasri needs to show a bit of class and answer his phone, but the bloke has no class so not really surprised at that one. How you can say punching someone punching your wife in the face and a bad tackle are the same thing is quite strange. Feel sorry for your missus! It’s not like he went in two-footed at his ankles, he just tried to stop him, something which happens all of the time. You’ll see a lot worse this season, it’s just unfortunate he got injured.

    As was mentioned earliler; De Jong on Ben Afra who was then out for a year. That was a bad challenge.

  6. toonarmytx says:

    obviously, just like Msr. Blue up there, I am a biased supporter, but I won’t defend Y-M, it was a truly bad tackle, but if you follow his career and his general public life he’s a genuinely decent young lad and I think he is sincere in acknowledging that he made a very stupid, bad tackle and wants to make peace about it. He knows he did wrong, the Toon Army knows he did wrong, but it can’t be changed and cheers to the lad for wanting to clear the air and apologise. Nasri has a history of being sort of a petulant shit in general (see WC ’10 and EC ’12). I’m not defending Y-M at all on the tackle, it was awful, but Nasri has very little room to garner sympathy lately. I wish he wasn’t injured, no one deserves that, but seriously…. tackles are legal and bad ones that are clearly not malicious should be forgiven. Nasri will still start at the World Cup for France and they will be all the better a team for his presence.

  7. AT says:

    MYM tried to do a professional foul, and got it wrong, obviously didn’t mean to cause the injury, but did the mean the foul.
    Nasri should grow up and accept the apology.

    And he isn’t that popular with French fans anyway (see Ukraine 2-0 loss), they seem to prefer Cabaye playing instead (see Ukraine 3-0 win)

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