Swiss League horror tackle may be worse than Gomez’s on Barry

The Spaniard’s challenge on Gareth Barry drew criticism from Everton fans but how does it compare with Sandro Weiser of FC Aarau in Switzerland?

As bad as Jordi Gomez’s tackle on Gareth Barry at the Stadium of Light was last weekend, even Everton manager Roberto Martinez was keen to highlight the lack of intent on the part of the Spaniard – whom the Toffees boss knows well from spells in charge at Swansea and Wigan.

"The tackle [from Gomez] is an early one in the game, there is a lot of energy and it is unfortunate. As he is falling, he stretches his leg. There is no intention whatsoever – it is just unfortunate,” he said in the immediate aftermath of the game.

And while the Everton medical team are awaiting further news of the 33-year-old’s condition - with a broken leg at least ruled out - the ex-England international is not the only midfielder to be recovering from a hefty challenge on the continent.

FC Zurich’s Gilles Yapi Yapo, himself a former international with the Ivory Coast, may have also incurred a serious injury after suffering at the hands of a dangerous tackle from a Super League opponent on Sunday.

The culprit in question was FC Aarau’s Sandro Weiser, a Liechtenstein international who previously played for Hoffenheim in the Bundesliga and who, at 21, has a lot to learn when it comes to challenging for the ball.

Charging in with a high tackle and showed plenty in the way of studs, Yapi Yapo’s knee took most of the force of the challenge, with Weiser receiving a straight red card – just 19 minutes into their league encounter – as a result.

Yapi-Yapo managed just a further four minutes before being subbed off, though FC Zurich at least went on to win 1-0.

Reckless and career-threatening in equal measure, it stands as arguably the worst challenge of a busy week and weekend of European football action not for viewers of a nervous disposition.


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