Arsenal midfielder Abou Diaby suffered a horrific injury in May 2006 which invariably ruined his career after a disgusting challenge from Sunderland’s Dan Smith, but the now semi-professional footballer remains unremorseful, the Daily Mail reports.
Smith plunged into a desperate challenge and left Diaby with a fractured and dislocated ankle, ruling him for almost a year which he never really recovered from.
Arsene Wenger certainly put Diaby’s constant injury problems down to that fateful day at the Stadium of Light (beIN Sports), but Smith is sick of having his name constantly mentioned alongside the Frenchman.
“Whenever there is a Diaby thing it is always related to me,” Smith was quoted as saying.
“He could have a migraine and it would be ‘Dan Smith’! I think about what might have happened to my career if were not for that tackle, probably every day.”
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The tone of his comments beggars belief and the fact that Smith is trying to play the victim in the situation is rather baffling. While Smith ponders what his career would’ve been like had he not snapped a player’s ankle in half, Diaby has been subjected to years of trying to overcome the physical deficiencies that tackle caused.
Smith’s career, or lack thereof, was the consequence of his own actions while Diaby had his career robbed from him by a player who felt that a dirty challenge would earn him a place in the team.