FC Zurich have launched legal proceedings against Aarau’s Sandro Wieser after he inflicted a serious injury upon Gilles Yapi-Yapo with an outrageous tackle.
Yapi-Yapo, 32, is believed to have suffered torn anterior and interior cruciate ligaments, serious cartilage damage, meniscus tear, a torn kneecap and deep bruising in his thigh following the horror challenge from the Liechtenstein international.
Formerly an international player himself with the Ivory Coast, Yapi-Yapo was carried off on a stretcher and is expected to be out for a significant amount of time. There is, however, some doubt as to whether he will ever be able to play football again.
Incredibly, Wieser is a former teammate of Yapi-Yapo with the pair enjoying a successful spell at FC Basel together earlier in their careers. Following the game, Wieser was quick to show remorse on his Facebook page.
“I totally regret what happened,” he posted. “There was absolutely no intent on my part. I’ve had a lot of experience with injury and I don’t wish that on anyone.”
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His claims have gone over the head of the FC Zurich president, Ancillo Canepa, who has lodged legal proceedings against Wieser for causing such a horrific injury sustained in a Swiss Super League game last weekend.
FC Zurich went on to win the game 1-0, but the main focus of the match remained on the welfare of their injured midfielder.