Former Arsenal man’s tackle didn’t get much attention last time around due to Tasmanian devil Gennaro Gattuso’s assault on Joe Jordan, for the record it seem that the AC Milan man feels his tackle was a fair one.
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Mathieu Flamini says he does not regret his two-footed lunge on Vedran Corluka in the Champions League meeting between AC Milan and Tottenham at the San Siro.
Spurs won the last-16 first leg 1-0 but were furious the Milan midfielder got only a caution for the challenge which saw Corluka suffer an ankle injury.
“People can say what they want but I went for the ball,” Flamini told BBC Sport ahead of Wednesday’s second leg.
“I’m sorry he got injured, but I don’t have any regrets.”
Right-back Corluka left the field after 59 minutes of the bad-tempered match and scans later revealed the 25-year-old had sprained part of his right ankle joint capsule.
Spurs boss Harry Redknapp described the lunge as “horrendous” and added: “It was a sending-off – he was two or three feet off the floor with two feet. It was a leg-breaking tackle.”
Flamini further incensed the Tottenham players and staff by getting up from the challenge and raising his arms to the home fans in what appeared a form of celebration.
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“Football is a physical game and sometimes things like that can happen,” the 25-year-old stated. “I went to the dressing room after and apologised, what more can I do?
“When you play at this level there is full commitment and it’s not your aim to injure someone. I give everything on the pitch and my style will never change.” (BBC Sport)
For those who missed the tackle, as the referee must have done, here is the video of the tackle that Flamini is proud of. Karma dictates that someone will launch into a two footed lunge on the former Arsenal man tonight.