A photo has been released revealing the full extent of Stoke City’ midfielder, Stephen Ireland’s nasty injury sustained in Saturday's 1-0 win over Hull at the Britannia, reports the Daily Mail.
Ireland was on the receiving end of a horror tackle from full-back, Maynor Figueroa who escaped a straight red from referee Neil Swarbrick; which Potters’ manager Mark Hughes feels was the wrong decision:
On the incident, he said: “The tackle could've finished his career. Why the referee hasn't given a straight red I've no idea.”
It is thought that Ireland will miss at least three weeks after having 10 stitches in his lower leg.
“I’ve watched the video back, it’s shocking. We’re frustrated. They need to do better,” Hughes went on to say.
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Despite the injury, Stoke went on to grab a winner through Peter Crouch in the 71st minute, however most of the post game reaction surrounded Ireland’s injury.
Figueroa is unlikely to receive any retrospective punishment as the officials confirmed they did see the incident. The Britannia is no stranger to nasty injuries after Aaron Ramsey’s leg was horrifically broken back in 2010 by a Ryan Shawcross tackle.
It's a problem
The Premier League needs to do something to eradicate this kind of incident; it seems as though there is one rule for one challenge, and another for the next.
There needs to be a firm line and also a retrospective action system in place. Challenges like this can’t go unpunished.
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