Boca Juniors star Carlos Tevez has been heavily criticised despite pleading his innocence after his tackle left Ezequiel Ham with a broken ankle.
The incident, which took place during Boca’s 3-1 win over Argentinos Juniors, saw the former Manchester United and Juventus star put in a studs-up challenge on his rival which resulted in a devastating injury.
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The Guardian report that Ham has suffered an exposed fracture of the right ankle and will require surgery.
“I went for the ball, I didn’t have bad intentions,” Tevez said in a television interview, according to The Guardian.
“I’m sad because I didn’t want to hurt the lad, I’ve never hurt anyone playing football, this is the first time. I’m going to visit him and apologise.”
However, Argentinos coach Nestor Gorosito wasn’t in a forgiving mood and was amongst the sizeable group of critics who have slammed the Argentinian striker for his challenge, The Guardian adds.
Tevez escaped punishment entirely for the incident, but it remains to be seen whether or not any retrospective action is taken as replays show the severity and dangerous nature of the foul.
The 31-year-old was the top scorer for Juventus last season, but opted to return to his homeland this summer to see the remainder of his career out in Argentina. He has proven to be an important acquisition for Boca as they continue their push for a title.