Top 10: Shocking tackles

Axel Witsel on Marcin Wasilewski

Standard Liege vs Anderlecht 2009

Derby matches are always hot-blooded affairs, and the clashes between Standard Liege and Anderlecht are no different. But last August'™s fixture featured one terrible incident that has taken their rivalry to another level.

The season before, starlet Axel Witsel was the hero who scored the decisive penalty in Standard'™s play-off win against Anderlecht that brought their second successive title.

In this derby, however, he committed one of the most hideous football tackles ever recorded on camera, with a savage lunge on Anderlecht defender Marcin Wasilewski leaving the Pole with a double open-tibia fracture, and the watching world wincing, appalled.

An unbelievably lenient €250 fine and a 10-game ban followed -“ one that was soon reduced to eight matches, much to the consternation of Belgium and most of the football world. To further endear himself to the Anderlecht faithful, January'™s return derby saw him leap into another terrible challenge (on Roland Juhasz) and see red once again.


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