Roberto Martinez claims ‘reckless’ Antonio Rudiger deserved a red card for Kevin De Bruyne clash


Roberto Martinez blasts ‘reckless’ Antonio Rudiger and insists he should have been SENT for clashing with Kevin De Bruyne during Champions League final… as Belgian boss awaits injury update on Euro 2020 talisman

  • Kevin De Bruyne came out injured from the Champions League final on Saturday
  • Chelsea stunned Premier League champions to win 1-0 in Porto
  • The Manchester City man broke his nose bone and eye in a nasty collision
  • Antonio Rudiger, who was part of the collision, says the movement was unintentional
  • Belgian boss Roberto Martinez says the Chelsea man should have been sent away

Roberto Martinez has unleashed his anger on Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger by claiming the German should have been sent off for injuring Belgian player Kevin De Bruyne.

Rudiger collided with Manchester City and Belgian midfielder De Bruyne in Saturday’s Champions League final, which Blauw-Zwart won 1-0, with Rudiger playing the entire game and keeping the zero.

De Bruyne had to break free after breaking a bone in his nose and eye socket, with the 29-year-old going to be a protagonist in Martinez’s Belgian team at this summer’s European championships.

Roberto Martinez says Antonio Rudiger’s challenge against Kevin de Bruyne was a red card violation

Belgian manager Martinez (above) was concerned about star man de Bruyne's fitness

Belgian manager Martinez (above) was concerned about star man de Bruyne’s fitness

Martinez claimed that Rudiger should have been dismissed for “excessive violence” with his shoulder, and the German defender “hid” a response immediately after the challenge.

The Belgian manager said: ‘Rudiger is very lucky for me. If you watch the replay, there is no clash of heads.

He shows the shoulder well against Kevin. He looks like a concussion and we’ll see the state of that. But that leaves a sour taste, because Rudiger is holding his head, it is almost like he wants to show that he is hiding something.

De Bruyne had to leave Saturday's Champions League final after breaking his nose and eye

De Bruyne had to leave Saturday’s Champions League final after breaking his nose and eye

‘For me it was outrageous violence and it was reckless. And it should have been a red card. Kevin is not a player who goes down for no reason. You can see the pain and it’s a swollen eye. ‘

De Bruyne confirmed his diagnosis in a Twitter post on Sunday, claiming he will be back from action ahead of the international summer tournament with Belgium shortly.

The City star tweeted: ‘Hi guys, just got back from the hospital. My diagnosis is an acute bone fracture in the nose and a left orbital fracture.

Chelsea star Rudiger (right) insisted that Man City's tackle on De Bruyne was unintentional

Chelsea star Rudiger (right) insisted that Man City’s tackle on De Bruyne was unintentional

Rudiger apologized for De Bruyne's in-game injury, but insisted it wasn't his intentionally

Rudiger apologized for De Bruyne’s in-game injury, but insisted it wasn’t his intentionally

‘I feel okay now. Obviously still disappointed with yesterday, but we’ll be back. ‘

Rudiger, however, has defended his actions and wished the Belgian midfielder a speedy recovery from injury – while insisting the challenge was unintentional.

The Chelsea man tweeted: ‘I’m really sorry for @ DeBruyneKev’s injury. Of course this was not my intention – I have already had personal contact with Kevin and I really wish him a speedy recovery and I hope we can see him back on the field soon. ‘