Ghana and Marseille winger Andre Ayew insists he never feared a red card during Wednesday night’s Ligue 1 match against St. Etienne when his tackle led to the injury of Yohan Mollo.
Ayew has apologised to the St Etienne player after the Ghanaian’s rash tackle injured Mollo at the Stade Velodrome.
Ayew was booked by referee Said Ennjimi just after the hour mark for a lunge at the on-loan Nancy player, whose club has revealed he suffered a sprained ankle in the incident.
Ghana international Ayew says the tackle was purely accidental insisting he has good relationship with the player.
“I was late but I never feared I would be sent off because I never had the intention of doing him harm,” Ayew said.
“The linesman said he had seen it all and he advised a yellow card to Mr Ennjimi.
“I know Yohan well and I never had any wish to do him harm. I hope it’s not serious and that he can play at the weekend.”
Goals from Benjamin Mendy in the 26th minute and Gianelli Imbula four minutes later were enough for Marseille to win the game 2-1, Faouzi Ghoulam providing St Etienne’s goal after Alaixys Romao handled Mollo’s cross.